Many states are now entering the harsh winter months. Some areas can become prone to an inversion which is when the surface level cold air gets trapped by a warm air layer higher in the atmosphere. When this happens pollutants have no way of escaping the surface level of the atmosphere allowing a brown or gray haze to form over the population. This typically occurs in valleys that are surrounding by mountain ranges that help trap the cold, polluted air. Inversions are strong examples of poor outdoor air quality. Many people who live in highly polluted areas tend to stay indoors as much as possible. Even outside of these areas, studies show that majority of American citizens spend most of their time indoors. But what if the indoor air quality is just as bad or even worse than outside? Yes, that can happen.
Why do you think people retreat indoors when the outdoor air quality is poor? Because they do not want to breathe in pollutants and toxins. Well, if your home’s indoor air quality is also poor then you are subjecting yourself to illness and potentially dangerous, long-term health conditions, especially if you have asthma. It’s important to take measures to ensure that your home’s air quality is strong. Here are some things you can do to improve indoor air quality:
First thing’s first: frequently replace your home’s air filter. Your filter works to clean the air coming from your furnace and air conditioning unit. Dirty filters that have not been replaced will not be effective in circulating the cleanest air possible throughout your home. Most experts recommend replacing your air filter every month, but be sure to not go longer than 90 days without changing your filter.
Make sure you keep your home well-ventilated, especially in areas that burn gas like your furnace or a gas oven/stove. The pollutants that build up in your home need to get out, so open windows and run fans to circulate the polluted air out of your home.
Maintain your home’s humidity levels.
Excess moisture in the home or the air can lead to mold buildup which can release dangerous toxins into the air you breathe. Clean up spills, and especially be aware of any leaks in your home’s piping. Leaving these things untreated is just creating the perfect environment for mold to build and spread.
This should go without saying, but make sure that there is no smoking indoors; the air quality cannot sustain with frequent indoor smoking.
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