Most people tend to think that air pollution can only exist outside, where there are cars and factories that constantly pollute the air. However, the truth is that air inside our homes and offices can be just as polluted as the air outside.
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, the most common pollutants that contaminate indoor air quality are asbestos, cookstoves, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, pesticides, radon, and even chemicals from fragrances.
The solid and liquid particles of these pollutants that get suspended in the air are called aerosols, which, if inhaled or absorbed by the skin, can cause serious health risks. It stresses why it’s important to maintain clean and fresh indoor air quality.
You don’t have to be an expert in order to improve the air quality in your home. You can do so with a few preventive measures and basic scientific knowledge.
Here are Ways to Improve the Air Quality in Your Home on Your Own
Control humidity inside your home
Moist and humid conditions attract dust mites, mould, and mildew that can trigger asthma and allergies. You can prevent allergens from breeding and multiplying by keeping humidity to around 30% to 50%
In Singapore, high humidity is expected because it’s scorching hot all year round. Thus, it’s ideal to have dehumidifiers in our homes to reduce indoor moisture, control allergies, and combat the growth of irritating mould.
Other ways to control the humidity level inside your home include using an exhaust fan when cooking and fixing leaking plumbing lines if you don’t have a dehumidifier.
Improve indoor ventilation
If there’s little to no outdoor air that enters your home, indoor pollutants will get trapped, which makes it easier for them to accumulate. Allowing outdoor air to enter your home is an important factor in maintaining good indoor air quality.
According to the technicians at Ceiling Fan Repair Singapore, outdoor air may enter a home in different ways, including:
- Through natural ventilation, by opening doors and windows
- Through mechanical means, by installing heat, air conditioning, and ventilation systems
- Through infiltration via openings, wall cracks, floors and ceilings.
The technicians add that opening ceiling fans and air conditioning systems every day is one way to purge all pathogens and pollutants from circulating inside your home.
Keep your carpets, rugs, and curtains clean
Did you know that carpets, rugs, and curtains largely contribute to the quality of air that circulates inside your home? These household decorations act as air filters that trap dust and other pollutants in their fibers: that’s according to the cleaners at Singapore Curtain Cleaning.
If it’s been a while since yours were last cleaned, then there’s a huge chance that probably thousands of pollutants and pathogens are living in their fibers, affecting the air quality inside your home.
Frequent allergies are, more often than not, a tell-tale sign that your carpets, rugs, and curtains have accumulated enough dust and particles that they can no longer protect your home from these indoor toxins.
Invest in an air purifier
If getting a dehumidifier, opening windows, and cleaning carpets isn’t enough, then you might want to consider investing in air purifiers. It’s an ideal tool for those who are not willing to give up their beloved pets.
Air purifiers are devices that capture particles and pollutants that trigger respiratory issues such as asthma and allergies, removing all the sources of your symptoms. As written by Healthline, air purifiers are effective against indoor toxins, smoke, mould, and all types of allergens.
However, you shouldn’t depend on an air purifier to do all the work as it can only combat particles and toxins floating in the air. It can be more effective when paired with regular home cleaning.
Change air filters regularly
Air-conditioning systems are devices that help drive away common air pollutants and harmful particles from our homes. However, when their filters eventually fill up and are left cleaned, they stop doing what they’re supposed to do.
Uncleaned filters may cause problems for your air-conditioning system as well, which could lead to expensive repairs in the future. That said, cleaning and changing aircon filters regularly allows you to enjoy clean indoor air anytime without having to spend money for repairs.
It’s worth noting that aircon filters aren’t the only things keeping your indoor air clean and fresh. You might want to check the filters of your vacuum, clothes dryers, and ventilation systems too as these need to be maintained and treated regularly as well.
Anyway, that’s it for our tips on how to improve the indoor air quality of your home on your own without having to spend too much money. If you have other indoor air cleaning tips that you’ve been doing yourself, don’t hesitate to share them with us!