Importance of Indoor Air Quality in Your Home
By: Allen Lyle
Homes are so well sealed and insulated these days, they can trap VOCs, mold, and other airborne pollutants inside your home, resulting in poor indoor air quality.
To improve the indoor air quality in your home:
- Have your home heating and cooling system inspected annually by a licensed and trained dealer.
- Keep any solvents, cleaners, or other chemicals in tightly sealed containers; and store them outside if possible.
- Clean and vacuum the house at least once a week using a high quality bag and filter on your vacuum.
- Measure the humidity levels in the house with a hygrometer, and keep the humidity between 30% to 60% (35% to 40% is optimal).
- Make sure any cabinets, countertops, furniture, and paint you buy are listed as low or zero VOC (volatile organic compounds).
- Don’t allow smoking inside your home.
- Make sure any gas appliances are properly vented.
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Allen Lyle: We’ve spent a great deal of time and effort over the past few years encouraging people to make sure their homes are properly sealed. Any gaps and cracks left unchecked are sources of energy loss.
The drawback is that now our homes are so well sealed that the indoor air quality has become terrible. I mean everything from cleaning products to furniture to flooring, even our pets—coupled with inadequate ventilation and high temperatures and humidity levels—have caused our homes to become a breeding ground for poor indoor air quality. Now, there are a few steps you can take, though, to drastically reduce those indoor pollutants.
Any chemicals—solvents, cleaners—they need to be kept in tightly sealed containers. If these can store them outside, even better. You want to make sure that you are cleaning and vacuuming regularly, that means at least once a week. Make sure your home comfort system is inspected annually by a licensed and trained dealer.
Then I want you to buy a little tool, it’s called a hygrometer. This measures your humidity levels. You want to make sure the indoor humidity levels are between 30 and 60 percent. Personally, I like to recommend those optimal levels—35 to 40 percent.
Now if you’re doing any remodeling, redecorating—you’re buying furniture, cabinets, even paint—I want you to look for a label on any of those items that says low or zero VOCs, that’s volatile organic compounds.
Never let anyone smoke inside your home. And finally, if you have any gas appliances, make sure they’re properly vented.
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