5 Tips for Better Air Quality

5 Tips for Better Air Quality – Indoor air quality has been increasingly important in recent decades because we are spending more time indoors and more homes are air tight – where irritants can’t easily escape. Children, the elderly, and people with asthma or other respiratory problems may be especially sensitive to indoor air pollutants, but other side effects of poor air quality may appear later in life, after repeated exposure.

Pace & Sons Mechanical, Inc. provides UV Light Air Purification, Electronic Air Cleaners, and Central Home Humidifiers to homes and businesses in the Denver metro area. For some do-it-yourself tips, check out our 5 Tips for Better Air Quality:

1. Keep Your Floors Clean

Vacuum your carpets and rugs regularly with a modern vacuum with rotating brushes and strong suction. Make sure your vacuum has a HEPA filter to ensure the dust and dirt aren’t getting blown back out in the exhaust. For best results vacuum at least once a week, emptying your filter between cycles. Don’t forget to dust your shelves, electronics, appliances and other places where airborne particles may accumulate.

2. Keep a Healthy Level of Indoor Humidity

A lot of Colorado residents use portable humidifiers to help regulate the humidity in their home or a specific room. These can be great at keeping you comfortable during the summer and winter months, but can also attract dust mites and mold if not cleaned and maintained.

3. Make Your Home a Smoke-Free Zone

Did you know cigarette smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals? Research shows that secondhand smoke increases a child’s risk of developing ear and respiratory infections, asthma, cancer, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). For the smoker, this addiction causes cancer, breathing problems, heart attacks, and stroke. If you’d like to quit smoking, living in a home with second-hand smoke will make it much more difficult to quit.

4. Test for Radon

Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the natural decay of uranium found in nearly all soils. Radon can move up through the ground and into your home or business through cracks and holes in the foundation. 5 Tips for Better Air Quality - ImageWhether you have a new or old construction, you could have a radon problem. Testing is easy, inexpensive, and takes only a few minutes. If you discover a radon problem, there are simple ways to reduce levels of the gas that are not too costly.

5. Use Fragrance-Free Products

You may associate that lemony or piney scent with a clean kitchen or clean clothes. But synthetic fragrances in laundry products and air fresheners emit dozens of different chemicals into the air. For best results, use natural, fragrance-free products.