How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality
Poor Indoor Air Quality is Problematic
Poor indoor air quality (IAQ) can have a negative effect on your health. In a recent study conducted by Broan, homeowners identified the following health issues that are caused or contributed to by poor IAQ:
- Allergy symptoms
- Nose and throat irritation
- Eye irritation
- Breathing difficulty
Additionally, even though most homeowners think that poor IAQ is a problem, most of them don’t recognize commons signs of it. Some of these signs include mold, chemical smells, windows and mirrors that fog and lingering cooking smells. It’s true that many homeowners see these things as issues or minor irritations, but they typically don’t recognize them as being caused by poor IAQ.
Steps You Can Take to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality
So, if poor IAQ is so bad, what can you do about it? Here are a few simple steps you can take to improve your indoor air quality.
- Learn about the causes and signs of poor IAQ. This empowers homeowners to take action.
- Consider how air flow and proper ventilation are vital to sustaining healthy indoor air. While most American homeowners own appliances that promote air flow, few use them properly. And with homes being built tighter than ever, there is less fresh air being circulated.
- Use the right kinds of appliances to remove air pollutants. According to home improvement expert and Broan partner, Danny Lipford, “Bath fans and range hoods are the easiest ways to drastically improve indoor air quality. The key is to use them every time you shower or cook, leave them on for 10 minutes after you’ve finished, and replace them every 10 years.”
- Explore whole-house fresh air systems. Beyond spot ventilation, there are also whole-house, balanced systems that equalize indoor air pressure and remove stale air from the home. These systems may introduce fresh air alone, or include Heat Recovery (HRV) or Energy Recovery (ERV) features. Broan models include HEPA filtration and are energy efficient.
- Maintain a regular cleaning schedule. Vacuuming (especially door mats), removing shoes upon entering the home and frequently washing linens in hot water will further improve a home’s indoor air quality.