This month is National Home Indoor Air Quality Awareness Month, making it the prefect time of year to see to it that your home is protected against common indoor pollutants. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), there are three steps you can take to improve the quality of the air inside your home and protect your family from the many health hazards that have been associated with indoor air pollution.
The first step, source control, involves identifying and eliminating the major sources of pollution. For example, if your gas stove leaks unhealthy emissions, you can alter the settings or replace the stove so that the air inside your home is safer.
The second step is ensuring that your home is well-ventilated. Many indoor heating and cooling systems do not include a mechanism for bringing fresh air from the outdoors into your home, but rather rely on recycling the same air over and over again. Take the time to periodically open windows and doors to ensure that a fresh supply of air is making its way inside your home.
Finally, the EPA recommends investing in a home air purifier that can remove harmful pollutants and other airborne hazards from the air within your home. For the most protection, invest in a medical-grade air purifier that can remove over 99 percent of indoor air pollutants.