We hear about air pollution outdoors all the time, but few know that indoor air quality can actually be a lot worse. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notes that Americans spend an average of 90-percent of their time indoors, and many are breathing in contaminants they’re not aware of.
The EPA also states that indoor air quality can be up to 100 times worse than outdoor air quality from contaminants such as gas appliance emissions and certain insulations, with increased risks in winter when the windows are shut and there’s less air circulation. However, there are several ways to reduce the impact of unhealthy air indoors, and here are five of them…
1. Get Your Ducts Cleaned
It’s tough to see inside your ductwork, but there are many problems that can exist in ventilation systems—such as dust, mold, and even rodent droppings or insects. These contaminants can be pushed into indoors by a furnace or central air conditioning system, and may not even be visible to the eye.
Make sure you consult a trusted company when considering duct cleaning, as not all contractors offer the same thoroughness in their work. Ask them to identify the potential pollutants before going ahead with the cleaning, and strive to eliminate the problem at its source afterward or the problem will likely reoccur, advises the EPA.