During the hottest days of summer, you probably want to stay inside and enjoy your A/C. However, you could do yourself more harm than good if you are not breathing good quality air inside. While better indoor air quality can be achieved by taking a few simple actions, you must first identify some of the pollutant sources causing the problem.
Indoor air pollution comes from two main sources, gases and particulates. These problems can be enhanced further if there is no fresh air coming in from the outside. Amazingly, a higher concentration of pollutants inside can also raise both the temperature and the humidity levels in your home.
There are several pollutant sources that can create the need to strive for better indoor air quality including:
- Pressed wood
- Cleaning products
Fortunately, there are many things that you can do to enjoy better indoor air quality on a daily basis. For instance, sources that might contain asbestos, such as insulation, can often be sealed off. Gas stove emissions can be adjusted so that not as much is leaking into the air. By identifying potential threats and utilizing source control techniques, you can greatly diminish the amount of air pollution inside.
Increasing outdoor ventilation is another great way to improve the air within your home. Unfortunately, your A/C does not likely bring in any fresh air. It is easy to achieve better indoor air quality however by opening windows or doors, turning on attic fans, or even utilizing window air conditioners that have open vent options. You can also expel bad air by using exhaust fans in your kitchen or bathroom.
Lastly, you can consider an air cleaner. There are both small and whole-house models available for home use. While they do not tackle gaseous pollutants, they are highly efficient at dealing with particle removal.
To get some professional help with this matter, reach out to Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning. We have been helping customers in the Route 495/128 area of Massachusetts with such matters for 80 years.
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