Eliminating Common Indoor Air Pollutants

178367298Indoor air pollutants are everywhere, but few homeowners do anything to limit the amount that they breath in. Most people probably don’t even give indoor air quality much thought. There are several things that can be done to make sure that the air inside of your house is nice and clean.

Dust mites are tiny organisms that live inside of mattresses and upholstery. Make sure to wash bed linens to ensure that nothing is living inside of them. Vacuuming carpets and upholstery around the house can also help to cut down on the number of dust mites living on indoor surfaces. If you’re really concerned about them leaving droppings, then you might want to try an air purifier that comes with an electrostatic filter.

Kill and remove any signs of mold. If you find any patches, then get gloves and a respirator mask before grabbing a stiff brush. A cup of bleach mixed into a gallon of water will usually eliminate any visible spores. Rinse the area with clean water once you’re done.

You might want to take a vitamin D supplement to bolster your natural defenses against mold as well. Ask your doctor which type of supplement might be right for you.

Radon is probably the most serious of any of the indoor air pollutants that most people have in their homes. This radioactive gas is completely invisible. Get a short-term radon test kit at the hardware store to see if there are elevated levels in your home. Call a certified radon specialist if the levels exceed 4 pCi/L over a certain amount of time.

Perfluorinated compounds are often embedded into consumer products to prevent stains. They can alter hormone levels if ingested, so it’s best to avoid these. If you’re shopping for new furniture, then avoid any product that brags about how it can resist stains. Use cookware that doesn’t have artificial coatings as well, since many of these coatings contain PFC-based chemicals.

Try a few of these tips and see if they help you eliminate some of the indoor air pollutants that are currently infesting your home. It’s easy to cut down on how many toxins are in the air. Keep following us for more articles that can help you keep your heating and cooling systems clean.