Ways to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality
Posted in Air Quality, on November 25, 2022
Before you take a deep breath — how’s your indoor air quality? If you haven’t asked yourself this question before, let SafeAir help you find an answer! General or specific air quality assessments like mold testing or radon testing are some of the tools homeowners can use to improve their living conditions and make their homes healthier and safer places to live and grow. After over a decade of helping folks in the GTA eliminate indoor pollution and reduce common allergens, we’ve learned a few tricks you can DIY.
SafeAir is a leading air quality testing company in The Greater Toronto Area, to learn if your indoor air quality needs improvement, reach out to our team today. For more information and tips in maintaining healthy indoor air quality, read on,
Step 1: Install New Filters
Appliances like furnaces, air filters, fans, vacuum cleaners, and vents may all have washable or replaceable filter systems. Keeping these filters clean by regularly replacing or maintaining them can make a big dent in your indoor allergens. Good quality HEPA filters help capture the tiny particulate matter that causes the majority of irritation and allergic reactions.
Step 2: Clean Your Air Ducts
Duct cleaning and maintenance can help extend the life of your furnace and home. Whether it’s pet hair, dirt, or curious kids, unwanted material often makes its way into the duct system. How regularly your ducts need cleaning varies from house to house — SafeAir can help advise you on whether or not your home does during an air quality assessment.
Step 3: Clean Carpets and Rugs
The role of a rug and carpet goes beyond warming the ground beneath our feet or adding a splash of colour to our living rooms — they’re also great at capturing dust and dirt. Regularly washing or shaking out rugs can reduce indoor air pollution, and annually shampooing carpets or other built-in textiles is highly recommended.
Step 4: Freshen up — With Plants!
Did you know that the humble houseplant may be your secret weapon in improving indoor air quality? The ability of plants to filter out dangerous chemicals and purify the air is well studied; back in the early ‘90s, NASA took some plants to space to examine this effect in the sealed environment of the space station!
Step 5: Control Humidity
One of the biggest enemies of healthy air quality is humidity, which aids in the formation of mold growth, is a sign of poor airflow and ventilation, and can damage furniture, objects, and the structure of your home. An inexpensive humidity monitor can help you keep an eye on fluctuations — but if it’s often high, it’s time for a closer look.
How Air Quality Testing Can Help
At SafeAir, we understand how much indoor air quality can affect your daily life. Ontarians spend up to 90% of their time indoors, making indoor air quality a more pressing concern than smog or traditional outdoor sources of pollution. Our lungs deserve the best, cleanest, healthiest air we can provide them — which helps us sleep better, play better, and live healthier lives. To learn more about general indoor air quality testing or specialized offerings like radon testing, contact the SafeAir team to learn more!