If you often experience smelly paints, gasoline smells at the garage or a house that doesn’t feel fresh, you are not alone. Poor air quality is a big problem in many American homes. To gentlemen, a smelly room may be part of the things she said that make her not come to your house. Fortunately, you can however eliminate all odor problems. Simply follow the following tips and get back the fresh air that once attracted everyone into your home. Be prepared to spend some money towards this cause however.
But before the tips, here is an idea of the things that are probably polluting air in your home. At the top of the most dangerous air pollutants is carbon monoxide. It comes mainly from smoke in the kitchen, fumes when you leave your car’s engine on and from cigarette smoke.
According to statistics from the American Lung Association, carbon monoxide kills 400 Americans every year. At a distant second is radon gas. You may never have heard of it, but it is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Radon gas occurs naturally in the soil, it is odorless and dangerous. Besides the two aforementioned pollutants, most home suffer with normal dirt, pollen, stains and pet related pollutants. But here is how you can protect your home from all these air pollutants.
Prohibit Smoking in your Home
Cigarette smoking is a threat to millions of people. As such, take the measure of prohibiting anyone from ever smoking in your home. Even if you smoke, just avoid smoking while in the house. The tar produced, nicotine and smoke are all dangerous in polluting air in your home. Tar is especially notorious at causing black patches on the walls, ceilings and upholstery in your home. And this can drastically lower the air quality in your home. But if it is completely impossible to avoid smoking in the house at the moment, install a carbon monoxide detector. It will alert you when the level of this harmful gas rises, and you can then take preventive measures.
At the Garage
The garage is one place where air quality is never desirable. With all your tools hanging around, VOC paints and the smell of burning gas felt regularly, most people admit they fear staying at their garages for long. Fortunately, you can do something about your garage. To start with, make a resolution never to leave your car idle for long. And if you also have lawn mowers and other fuel burning machines in the garage, keep their engines shut off at all times. This can go a long way in improving the air quality at the garage. It can also save you thousands in hospital bills, because well, gas fumes can be quite harmful.
Fix Leaks and Other Water Related Problems
A leaking roof causes more harm than just the physical aspect of the roof. The increase in humidity brought by leaking water can for instance dampen your house. The moisture then breeds a great habitat from mildew and mold which in the end causes the flu. Moist upholstery and carpets also lowers the air quality inside your house, and this can cause wheezing or asthma related symptoms. Due to this, fix any leaking roof immediately you notice the problem. Again, check the basement and roofs regularly, just to ensure you house is safe from leaking issues in the future. On the other hand, make checks on your carpet for water problems. Sometimes, water hides under the carpets and causes havoc over time. Fix such issues whenever you notice them as too much water in the carpet can actually cause irredeemable problems if not fixed.
Maintain Your Air Conditioner and Humidifier
To keep disease causing triggers out of your home, ensure your air conditioner and air humidifier are operational at all times. If you don’t have either of the devices, invest in them. A good humidifier for instance improves air quality during times when air humidity is naturally high inside your home. An air conditioner does also boost air quality to a great extent. Clean it and repair whenever you can. After all, the devices cost a great amount of money in electricity bills every year.
Invest in an Air Purifier
It is probably part of the things she said you buy last year. Invest in it right now. A good air purifier traps dirt, molds, pet fur and pretty much anything that pollutes air inside your house. If you are especially allergic to any air pollutant, make sure you have a functioning air purifier in your home at all times.
Finally, plant trees around your home and maintain high sanitation at all times. Placing indoor plants and opening windows regularly can also better the air quality you breather at home.