Most people are worried about pollutants and toxic matter in the air of their cities and outdoor spaces as contaminants for their lungs. However, homeowners often overlook the quality of their indoor air, even though we usually breathe indoor air much more than outdoor air.
There are plenty of ways to improve indoor air quality throughout your home. Today, we’re going to focus on keeping the good stuff in and the bad stuff out through proper upkeep in your attic, crawl spaces, and all over your home.
1. Choose Safe Insulation Materials
Has it been a few decades since your attic received its insulation? Your attic may need an upgrade, for two reasons. New insulation can help your home become more energy efficient, and removing old insulation will get rid of toxins and mold.
Older homes were built to be intentionally drafty to help improve indoor air quality by keeping air flowing throughout the house. However, a drafty house now days costs homeowners more, as their heating and cooling systems work extra to maintain an even temperature. If you’re upgrading your home anyway, a boost in your energy efficiency is a nice added bonus to save money in the long term. Choose from environmentally friendly insulation materials to maintain your home's energy efficiency and air quality.
2. Test for Toxins
Removing old insulation is a great way to remove nasty pollutants and improve indoor air quality, even if it’s just toxins that accumulated within your insulation while it was in use. However, if your home was built before the 1970s, consider doing a full test for toxins to ensure that your home is free from potentially harmful materials, including asbestos.
3. Revamp Your Ventilation
The ventilation system in your home keeps air circulating, and can be a big contributor to reduced air quality indoors. While regular vent cleaning should already be on your yearly to-do list, you may consider revamping your ventilation system, particularly if you notice decreased air quality or have specific trouble spots throughout the home.
4. Replace Filters
While we’re on the topic, you should also replace your heating and air conditioning filter to keep everything running in tip-top shape. Consider replacing standard filters with electrostatic ones that are much more efficient at capturing debris before it enters your home’s HVAC system. Always replace your air filters once every one to three months to improve air quality in your home.
5. Control Your Humidity
Investing in a humidity control system can keep your home more comfortable and less prone to mold and other moisture-seeking toxins. Pay particular attention to areas like the basement, attic, and bathrooms when considering where to implement humidity controls. An alternative is to install a house-wide system that will keep everything within a safe humidity level.
6. Open Your Windows
Unless you’ve got severe allergies to something in bloom, open your windows to let the fresh air in and get rid of the stagnant air inside. Open windows allow indoor pollutants to escape while you enjoy the breeze from outside.
If you absolutely cannot open the windows, look into an air purification system that will mechanically purify the air in your home. This system works just as well as opening windows when it comes to improving indoor air quality - albeit without the ambient sounds of nature.
7. Clean Your Ducts
Your air ducts are probably overdue for a good cleaning if you can’t remember the last time it was done. Ducts are traps for all kinds of indoor pollutants, including dirt, dust, pet dander and other allergens, so performing a good cleaning works wonders for the air you breathe.
We at Clean Crawls can inspect your ducts and clean them from the inside out, drastically improving your air quality. Once the job is done, you won’t need to worry about it for a few more years.
8. Cut Back on Chemicals
Household chemicals you use for cleaning, crafting, and other projects around the home have the potential to linger in the air long after you close the bottles. Consider cutting back on using bleach or ammonia-based cleaners during your spring cleaning to help reduce the number of chemicals released into your indoor air.
Ironically, air fresheners, candles, and other aerosol-based chemicals that clean or freshen your air can add nasty chemical pollutants to your home. Ditch the synthetic stuff altogether and opt for natural soy or beeswax candles and other eco-friendly alternatives to improve indoor air quality.
Start Breathing Fresh Air Again
Better indoor air quality does so many good things for you and your family’s health. From cutting down on the toxins and allergens indoors to ensuring a true spring cleaning from the inside out, improving your indoor air quality is well worth the effort it takes.
To learn more about our indoor air quality services, including attic insulation and duct cleaning solutions, contact us today to see how we can help.