Top 10 Simple Tips To Improve The Air Quality In Your Home
Concerns about outdoor air quality have been the norm since the Industrial Revolution. We are all very familiar with the effects of smog and the depletion of the ozone layer on our environment, however poor quality air in your home also poses a serious threat. Here we will give you some practical tips to improve air quality in your home.
Everything from your central heating to the build-up of damp, mould & condensation, cigarette smoke and aerosols all have a detrimental effect on the indoor environment. As well as having negative health effects, these issues can also have a negative impact on your home itself. Smoke can stain walls, while damp can – if left to its own devices – rot and damage wood and plaster, leading to mould growth.
Unlike the outdoor environment there are no regulations controlling the air quality within our homes. To help you with this the Mould Solutions Team has compiled 10 simple tips to help you keep your home and family safe.
#1. Remove your shoes
When entering your home, make sure you remove your shoes to avoid bringing pollen, dirt and dust indoors. If you have a porch it is a good idea to leave your outdoor footwear there or just inside the front door if you don’t have a porch.
#2. Eco-friendly cleaning products
Though rarely spoken about, the ‘fragrance’ from many household detergents and cleaning products is actually made up of a concoction of quite potent chemicals. Although you might think that you can prevent this problem by using non-scented cleaning products they actually still contain the same chemicals. The scent of a cleaning product is usually added after it has been manufactured to make it more appealing and ‘smell nice’ when using it in the home. Try to source cleaning products which are environmentally-friendly and work in exactly the same way as cleaning chemicals but without causing damage to your health, check for Organic on the label.
#3. Monitor humidity levels
With the right products, you can monitor the humidity of a given area and ensure mould should most likely not grow there. Ideally, a humidity of 30% to 50% will help to prevent the build-up of mould. Mould Solutions can provide a moisture test to check the humidity in a room.
A quick, easy and free way to improve the air quality of a home and although it may sound simple, but it is highly effective, simply keep windows open wherever and whenever possible, ensuring that there is a healthy circulation of air at all times.
Another easy, aesthetically pleasing and quick way to ensure good air quality is by having house plants in your home. They work to produce cleaner, fresher air for your home.
#6. Cutting out smoke
Although less & less people are taking up smoking, it remains a main cause of dangerous pollutants being breathed in the home. If you smoke, try to ensure that you do so outside, even if you don’t have children. This is not only damaging the property, it is damaging your own health and affecting those around you.
#7. Clean walls
Both for ensuring that mould is removed and avoided, and for removing invisible particles of dust & dirt, a quick clean of the walls – being careful not to damage the paintwork – can be very useful and effective.
#8. Fixing leaks
Although a major leak is likely to be repaired immediately, you may have areas that are not inhabited very frequently – utility rooms, attics etc – which may have small leaks. The water that can build from a leak may quickly create mould and damp if left undetected. Look up! Sometimes we miss the little things.
#9. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Though houses are required by law to have smoke detectors, their importance in air quality maintenance is underestimated. Ensure that your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working and checked regularly – they will detect smoke and harmful gases, as well as heat and fire.
#10. Clean bedding and upholstery
Carpets, bedding and upholstery hold on to odours, spores and other items that might impact negatively on the quality of the air you breathe. Ensure that these are washed regularly.
If you are experiencing mould, damp or condensation issues in your home
contact Mould Solutions today on (01) 8512480 or (083) 845 8090