Did you know that poor air quality in your home can impact the health of you and your family? To keep you safe and sound, it’s important to filter out certain things in your home that can pollute the air you’re breathing. If you’re not sure where to begin, let us help you with these simple clean air tips for small homes.
Get a Carbon Monoxide Detector
Many appliances can also leak dangerous levels of carbon monoxide (CO) into your home. To avoid any CO hazards from occurring in your home, purchase a carbon monoxide detector and ensure it is tested regularly.
Test for Radon
Another naturally occurring and odourless gas that can be an undetected danger is radon gas. To prevent radon gas exposure, you should have your home tested by a radon measurement professional or with a DIY long-term radon test kit.
VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) are chemicals found in paint, varnishes, adhesives, carpet, vinyl flooring, among other materials that are used to build and maintain your home. Over time, VOCs will emit ‘off gases’ into your home, impacting the indoor air quality and your health. So when purchasing household materials, look for low-level VOC materials and remove and dispose of any products in your home that have the potential to give off VOC.
Add Air-Purifying Plants
Purchasing air-purifying plants for your home is also an excellent way to remove airborne toxins from your home. By adding some greenery into your home, you can effectively remove VOCs, among other pollutants and allergens, while reducing side effects like headaches and allergies. Three common indoor plants that will remove and filter out dangerous chemicals found in common household materials are Aloe Vera, Gerbera Daisy, and Dracaena Marginata.
Improve Ventilation and Temperature Control
You can increase the amount of fresh air that circulates in your home by increasing the ventilation. By installing outdoor air intakes and bathroom and kitchen fans, you can successfully exhaust contaminants from inside your home. And since chemicals tend to ‘off gas’ in humid and elevated temperatures, it’s important to monitor your indoor temperature and keep the relative humidity at optimal levels.
Purchase an Air Cleaner
There are a variety of air cleaners that you can purchase to remove impurities from the air in a room. They work by drawing air through a filtering system to collect pollutants. They are very beneficial for allergy sufferers and those with asthma, in particular.
Studies have shown that the level of pollutants inside your home can have a direct impact on your health. That’s why it’s your responsibility to reduce the contaminants inside as best as you can for the sake of your health and the well-being of your family. Keep these clean air tips for small homes in mind for improving the air quality in your home, and contact us at Distinct HVAC for more helpful tips and information.