Bad indoor air can trigger coughing, chest tightness, sore throat, watery or itchy eyes, asthma attacks, and difficulty breathing. No one wants to suffer in their own home or business. Apply these tips to improve your Williamsburg indoor air quality and breath easier.
- Keep your home clean.
Dusting, wiping down surfaces and vacuuming prevent allergens and pollutants from building up around the home or business.
- Buy a house plant.
Green plants naturally purify indoor air and absorb pollutants.
- Open a window or turn on the fan.
While cooking on the stove, turn on the ventilation fan. Gas stoves emit nitrogen dioxide, an irritant. Other appliances that release particulates into the air include space heaters, ranges, ovens, furnaces, fireplaces and water heaters.
- Clean your air ducts.
If you have forced air heat, cleaning your air ducts will remove allergens and dust. You may also want to consider having your air ducts tested. Leaky air ducts become places for mold and dust to grow.
- Change the filters in your furnace.
Your filters need to be changed every 2 to 3 months depending on your usage and quality of the filter. This is a simple and inexpensive way to increase your indoor air quality.
- Use a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter.
While you can have a HEPA filter installed in your air conditioner, you can also purchase a separate HEPA air cleaner to clean the air within a single room.
- Buy green cleaners and paints
Cleaners and paints that have no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or are low-VOC help reduce the toxins in your indoor air.
Breathing quality air insider your home or business has a significant impact on your health.
This isn’t a comprehensive list. What would you add to the list to improve your Williamsburg indoor air quality?