Dec. 11, 2012
The term “air pollution” probably summons up images of brown, cloudy air in dense metropolitan areas like New York and L.A. But a study done by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reveals that the pollution in your home could be much worse.
In fact, the air in your home could be up to 100 times more polluted than the worst outdoor air.
What causes indoor air pollution?
New homes are continually built with tighter construction. Older homes are remodeled to be more airtight. These trends help improve your heating and cooling system’s efficiency by minimizing air leakage.
However, this also means your home is not being ventilated. Any air pollutants that find their way into your home don’t have a way out.
Don’t think your home has any harmful air pollutants in your home? You’re probably wrong. They can come from anywhere, including:
- Paint – When paint dries, it releases chemicals. If you’ve recently painted inside your home without ventilating it, you could have some unhealthy contaminants in your air.
- Carpet & flooring – New carpet also releases chemicals that are present from the manufacturing process.
- Furniture – Pressed wood products like cabinets, tables and chairs contain Formaldehyde.
- Houseplants – While plants can improve air quality by absorbing harmful chemicals and producing oxygen, they can also release pollen and other pollutants.
- And more – This is just a small sample of the objects in your home that can cause air quality concerns – there are also many others, including candles and certain plastics.
Hopefully that list has shown you that your home is not immune to indoor air pollution. Luckily, there are several things you can do to improve your air.
- Clean. Regularly mop your floors, vacuum your carpet and dust your furniture. This will keep these pollutants from being disturbed and re-entering your home’s air. Cleaning your ducts can also be helpful.
- Ventilate. The EPA advises that you open your windows every few months and let your home air out. This invites fresh air inside and gets rid of pollutants in your home’s air.
- Filter. You can further improve the air quality of your home with a whole-home air cleaner. Installed within your existing ductwork, air cleaners can remove up to 99% of indoor air pollutants.
For more information on how Air Experts can help you improve the health of your home’s air, contact us online or give us a call at (732) 681-9090.