Simple Tips for Optimal Indoor Air Quality – Clean Air Plus

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Simple Tips for Optimal Indoor Air Quality

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There are regulations in place to control air quality, but our  indoor air quality is a far greater concern than the pollution outdoors.  If we secure the air we breathe in our homes and workplaces, then outdoor pollution, although still important, becomes less of a concern.

So why is indoor air quality worse than outdoor air quality? Well, there are a number of factors at play. The big one is concentration levels. Lacking proper ventilation and filtration, a home or an office becomes a trap for pollutants, and the concentration levels continue to rise. The other problem is that we, often unknowingly, introduce airborne contaminants at very high levels into our living spaces. A prime example of this is store-bought air fresheners, which with long-term use exacerbates the problem we’ve purchased them to remedy.

Let’s examine ten simple, cost-effective ways to improve our IAQ:

  • Remove shoes at the door.We track a great deal of pollution into the house on the bottom of our shoes. The easiest way to prevent this is to put brush-off mats inside and outside of each entryway, and have family and guests leave their shoes on the inner mat. It is also important to clean those mats weekly and replace them regularly, preferably every six months.

  • Promote fresh air naturally.Coupled with cleanliness, leafy green plants are an excellent way to promote fresh air. Along with proper ventilation and filtration, you’ll never need an unnatural air freshener again. The one thing you want to be careful of, however, is overwatering. This can lead to mold, and even a small amount can compromise your air quality.

  • Avoid dry-cleaning.Most people are surprised to discover just how toxic dry-cleaning chemicals are as well as the plastic in which they hang the clothes. If possible, avoid dry-cleaning altogether. If not, remove the plastic, and then let the dry-cleaned clothes hang outside to air out. Generally, fifteen minutes is enough for the chemicals to dissipate.

  • Minimize problem surfaces.Soft and cluttered surfaces are problem surfaces. Soft surfaces include blinds, curtains, carpets, throw pillows and artificial flowers. Cluttered surfaces include messy countertops and knickknacks on shelving. Remove as much of these as is possible. Obviously, it’s not practical to remove them all, so clean the remaining problem areas daily or as frequently as possible.

  • Avoid aerosol sprays.Despite the known issues, many consumer products still employ aerosol sprays. Each aerosol spray releases propellants into our air. These propellants include hydrocarbons, isobutane, n-butane, propane and other dangerous, flammable chemicals. There is always an alternative, so avoid these at all costs.

  • Do not use store-bought air fresheners.All petroleum-based air fresheners available at your local store release chemicals into the air. So even though they may provide a temporary fix, they are actually contributing to the problem long-term. The solution is cleanliness, ventilation and filtration. If this is not enough, use enzyme-based cleaners, which will deodorize in addition to decontaminate.

  • Avoid toxic chemicals.There are many ways that dangerous chemicals can enter into our homes: chlorine, pesticides, petrochemicals, solvents and so forth. Avoid these whenever possible. When it is absolutely necessary, use them properly, and be sure to have proper ventilation. Also, do not store them in the home, and dispose of them per local waste management regulations. When in the shower, use a dechlorinating shower filter to effectively remove toxic chlorine vapors from the air.

  • Do not dry dust. Vacuum regularly.The real danger with dust is that it acts as a “sponge” for airborne toxins. Once trapped, these toxins continue to emit harmful contaminants into the air. When we dust in the traditional manner, we tend to move most of the dust around rather then remove it. The better way is to dust with a slightly damp cloth, and then to vacuum after dusting.

  • Use high-quality green cleaning products.Today, all cleaning products have a green alternative, and the price gap isn’t that wide any longer, so make use of them. Products labeled “free and clear” are the best. Natural but non-free and clear products aren’t necessarily bad, but they may contain essential oils for fragrance that can exacerbate asthma and allergy symptoms.

  • Use HEPA air filtration.The best step you can take, and the most cost-effective long-term, is to use a superior portable HEPA air purifier by a leading manufacturer.  HEPA air filtration is the best way to ensure pure indoor air since it removes 99.97% of all airborne particles down to 0.3 microns in size, including dust, pet dander, dust mites, pollen, mold spores, bacteria, viruses, and many other microscopic pollutants.

It’s time to start breathing pure clean air that promotes a healthier lifestyle.


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