You don’t have to be an avid reader of green energy technology to know what’s going on in the outdoor air quality of today’s world. There are species declining and even disappearing, our water is declining and our air is getting more and more polluted as time goes on. Our ozone layer is in serious trouble, and so is planet earth and human nature, as well.
However, did you know that there are even more important issues regarding clean air inside your home? We often times don’t have time to think about the outdoor air, much less the indoor air. While, of course, you can be a contribution to the cleanliness of the outdoor air, you can most certainly take control of the health and wellness of your indoor air as well.
Heating and Air Conditioning
Heating and air conditioning are the two things you can’t live without. However, what if those things were negatively impacting the indoor air quality of your home? Here’s a solution: check your filters regularly. With a little maintenance, your home heating and air conditioning units can be humming along smoothly while you breathe freely. A good filter can catch airborne dust. If you don’t replace those filters than you are essentially breathing in what is being put out – dust and dirt, which put you right in path of any disease that's running wild out there.
Volatile Organic Compounds
If you are doing any type of remodel in your home, consider using materials that are absolutely free of volatile organic compounds (also known as VOCs). You can find these materials in formaldehyde in the glues for backing of floors or in paints that you put on your walls. Some studies have shown that these materials are linked to asthma and allergies and even some types of cancer. Fortunately, there are many VOC-free alternatives to those glues and paints, so you should check them out if you're considering a remodel in which you'll be using them.
Humidity is a mold and bacteria playground. Mold and bacteria thrive and grown in moist conditions. Even condensation from your dripping air conditioner can cause both mold and bacteria to grow and thrive. Mold and bacteria, once released into the air, is now able to get into your nasal passages and into your lungs. For optimal health, it’s important to use a dehumidifier. You can also install one into your HVAC system and a professional can help you with this.
For optimal health, it’s important to change your filters, check for leaks, and keep moisture at bay. When purchasing new remodeling materials and even furnishings, make certain to buy products and materials that have no Volatile Organic Compounds, formaldehyde or other gas emitting chemicals.
While you are at it, you might even want to take a look at the chemicals you clean with. When it comes to indoor air quality, a homeowner can never be too safe.
Posted December 14, 2016
by Gabriel Posternak.