Tips for Reducing Exposure to Indoor Air Pollutants

August 15, 2019

A whole host of biological and chemical pollutants often permeates a typical home. These pollutants can trigger respiratory diseases, headaches, and fatigue. The good news is that you have direct control over the air in your residence. You can take action to reduce the presence of contaminants in your environment.

Cleaning Helps Control Indoor Air Pollution

Regular vacuuming and dusting will remove dust, pollen, mold spores and particulates that drift inside your home. You can enhance indoor air quality by adopting a few simple strategies. Conditions tend to improve when people begin:

  • Wiping feet upon entry
  • Not wearing shoes inside
  • Changing air filters routinely
  • Washing bedding on a regular basis
  • Bathing pets periodically to remove dander

Cleaning removes irritating pollen and controls the medium where dust mites live. The residue and droppings from dust mites have far more impact on health than the actual dust does.

Focus on Proper Ventilation

You can reduce exposure to chemical pollutants by exhausting stale air from the home. Using exhaust fans in the bathroom, kitchen or basement will also eliminate moisture that could encourage the growth of mold. Opening windows will provide fresh air, but you might wish to avoid doing this when pollen counts are high in your area.

A consultation with a technician from Brennan Heating & Air Conditioning will inform you about modern ventilation equipment. Our company can install air handlers or air filtration units to reduce indoor air pollution. You can also seek our advice about humidifiers or dehumidifiers that can maintain optimal humidity levels in your home.

Use Chemicals With Care

Chemical pollutants arise from volatile organic compounds in paint, adhesives, air fresheners and cleaning products. You should ventilate areas when using any of these irritating substances. Formaldehyde used in the manufacturing of building materials like particleboard or plywood could increase your risk of developing cancer. Avoid or replace products containing this chemical.

At Brennan Heating & Air Conditioning in Lynwood, WA, we stand by our work. We’ve built a strong reputation among our customers. They depend on us for honest answers about heating, cooling, and indoor air quality. Contact our office today for more information.

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