Simple Solutions to Reduce Indoor Air Pollution

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Simple Solutions to Reduce Indoor Air Pollution

Simple Solutions to Reduce Indoor Air Pollution

  1. Source Control
    We cannot stress the importance of reducing, and/or removing the source of the indoor air pollution. This may be a contaminated carpet, wall, or even ventilation (HVAC) system.
  2. Ensure proper ventilation
    Once the sources to pollution have been removed, the air must be cleaned and circulated with natural outdoor air. Increase the amount of outdoor, natural air coming indoors. Open windows, doors, turn on fans in windows, attics, crawl spaces, turn on kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans, and air conditioning units with vent open.
  3. Ensure proper air filtration/cleaning
    The EPA provides a comprehensive list of air cleaners ranging from small table-top versions to sophisticated whole-house models.
  4. Replace Old Filters
    Old filters in heating, air conditioning, and ventilation units (HVAC), can be a major cause of indoor air pollution, and must be monitored, and replaced if necessary.
  5. Smoke Outside
    We don’t have to tell you the endless list of contaminants and resultingadverse health effects caused by smoking.
  6. Avoid Painting, Spraying Combustible products indoors (or near ventilation units)
    Following this rule, would have saved the University of Massachusetts Boston more than $600,000, several staff jobs, and one newly painted couch.
  7. Maintain clean roof, gutters, storm drainage
    To prevent water leaks, and moisture buildups in the home, basement, etc.
  8. Reduce and Remove Moisture
    The simple fact is that mold needs moisture to live. Control moisture and control mold.
  9. Leave Asbestos Up To The Professionals
    The single worst thing anyone can do is remove, or stir up asbestos-containing objects; sheetrock, ceiling tiles, floor tiles, etc.
  10. Test Your Home
    If the problem persists, use a simple home test kit, or hire an indoor air quality professional for a consultation.