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How to improve indoor air quality

How to improve indoor air quality

Did you know that the air inside your home is more polluted than the outside air in the largest and most industrialized cities?  According to the EPA, our indoor environment is two to five times more toxic than our outdoor environment, and in some cases, the air measurements indoors have been found to be 100 times more polluted.

There are a number of sources of indoor air pollution with insufficient ventilation being the primary cause. Some indoor air pollutants are:

  • Radon
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Mold
  • Household products
  • Pesticides
  • Building materials

Those pollutants along with others can negatively affect your health and according to some researchers, can be a contributing factor to cancer, allergies, autism, Asperger’s, and Tourette’s syndrome. Some symptoms that can be caused by indoor air pollution are:

  • Burning eyes
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Coughing/sore throat
  • Dry or chronic runny nose
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Memory and concentration complications
  • Sinus problems
  • Sleep disturbances

Before you call our professionals at Right Now Air & Solar, there are a number of steps you can take yourself to help improve your home’s air quality:

  • Use natural cleansers
  • Make your own air freshener
  • Use beeswax or soy candles instead of gel and paraffin
  • Wash bedding frequently in hot water
  • Adjust gas stoves and other cooking and heating appliances to decrease emissions
  • Check your HVAC filter once a month and replace it when it’s dirty
  • Open your windows and doors to let in fresh air
  • Use bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans
  • Use houseplants like Boston Fern, Janet Craig dracaena, English ivy, and Weeping fig to naturally remove pollutants

You and your family’s health and safety are important and Right Now Air & Solar wants to help. Our indoor air quality specialists provide the best products and services that fit your budget and are unique to your needs. Having yearly HVAC system maintenance can also help improve your home's air quality.