Indoor air becomes polluted when physical, biological or chemical agents modify the natural characteristics of its atmosphere. Inadequate ventilation worsens indoor air quality by not allowing outdoor air to flow in to dilute emissions from indoor pollutants and by not carrying them out of the home. High temperatures and humidity levels also increase concentrations of some indoor pollutants. With that said, here are a few easy ways to improve the air quality inside your home in Lorton, Virginia.
Change Air Filters Regularly
One of the easiest ways to ensure your home doesn’t collect dust and dirt is to change the air filters in your home regularly. Check your air filter monthly, especially during the summer and winter months. If the filter looks dirty, change it. If it doesn’t, remember to change it every three months. A dirty filter hinders air flow and makes your HVAC system work harder and waste more energy.
Cut the Chemicals and Cleaners
Although eliminating all the chemicals and the cleaners in your home might be extremely difficult, you should at least aim to reduce the amount that you use. Here are some of the worst toxic chemicals commonly found in household cleaners.
- Phthalates: Found in air fresheners, dish soap, and even toilet paper.
- Triclosan: Found in liquid dish-washing detergents and “antibacterial” hand soaps.
- Ammonia: Found in polishing agents and glass cleaners.
- Chlorine: Found in toilet bowl cleaners, laundry whiteners and tap water.
- Sodium Hydroxide: Found in drain openers and oven cleaners.
Practice Proper Ventilation
Practicing proper ventilation is your number-one defense against poor indoor air quality. Here are three easy techniques you should be practicing in your home.
- Open windows and doors when the temperature isn’t too hot or cold outside
- Ensure your kitchen and bathrooms have working exhaust fans
- Take care of air leaks to avoid issues stemming from uncontrolled air flow and moisture
Use Plants to Filter and Freshen the Air
Numerous house plants can improve your home’s indoor air quality, including the spider plant, the golden pothos and the chrysanthemum. Consider decorating your home with houseplants to filter and freshen the air inside of it. Not only is this a great way to improve your IAQ, but it also adds aesthetic appeal.
For more information about how to improve the air inside your home, check out our IAQ services page or contact us at (703) 436-8028.