According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside your home can be up to five times more polluted than the air outside.
Considering all the air pollution that comes from cars, power plants, and factories, it may be hard to believe that outdoor air could be better for you and your family to breathe than the air in your home.
From mold to VOCs, air pollutants in your home can cause serious issues like asthma and allergies if they are left untreated. Here’s what you need to know about indoor air pollution and how you can fix it.
What Causes Indoor Air Pollution?
There are several things that can cause poor air quality in your home.
Bugs, mites, pet dander, mold, household cleaners, and chemicals found on the surfaces of common household items can all contribute to poor air quality.
Signs of Indoor Air Pollution
If you or your family members experience the following symptoms, the air in your home may be polluted.
- Dryness of the skin and nose
- Other allergy symptoms
If you think the cause of these symptoms is your home’s air quality, ask yourself these questions.
Do the symptoms flare up when people enter the home and calm down when they leave?
Are multiple people in the home experiencing symptoms?
Have you been told by a doctor that your symptoms are related to poor indoor air quality?
If you answered yes to these questions, the air in your home may be polluted. Fortunately, there are ways to freshen up the air in your home so you and your family can breathe better.
How to Improve Your Home’s Air Quality
Did you know that energy generation is one of the biggest contributors to poor air quality?
You can improve the air quality in your home by implementing a few green, energy-saving swaps.
One simple way to improve your home’s air quality is to open up the windows. Fresh, outdoor air can improve your home’s air quality. On days when it’s not too hot or cold, you can open the windows and shut off your HVAC system for the day to save money on your energy bill.
Another great way to improve your indoor air quality is to swap harsh cleaners for natural solutions. Toxic chemicals are bad for you and the planet, and producing them uses a lot of energy.
You can also improve your home’s air quality and energy efficiency by having your HVAC system regularly cleaned and repaired.