The Good Air Lady
The Good Air Lady
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Home Improvement and Indoor Air Quality

When planning a home improvement project, indoor air quality should be of concern. Houses and office buildings are built so tightly that the air inside suffers in quality. Improve indoor air quality through ventilation and using materials that don't emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Indoor air quality and carpeting impact each other in that carpeting harbors particulates which can get airborne and lower air quality; and things in the air can get trapped in the carpeting where they can continue to cause problems for occupants. Clean up your air by getting rid of the sources of problems, ventilating the structure better, and using air filters and/or purifiers.

Are you planning to make a home improvement? Indoor air quality should be at the top of your list of concerns. Improving the quality of air in your home is essential to your health. Anyone that suffers from things like allergies, asthma, and other respiratory illnesses can benefit greatly from improving air quality. Those who do not have these conditions can be helped as well through lowering the risks of these conditions happening to them. Using safer products in your home improvement project may cost you more right now -- though environmentally sensitive products don't cost any if much more these days -- but in the end, your lowered health care costs are more vital.

Whether you know it or not, there are millions of particles floating in your home's air. These particles are breathed in each time you take a breath. The particles include mold spores, dust particles, pollen and dander particles. They could be harmful gasses that you can't even smell and they could be chemicals as well. Indoor air quality is poor in most homes, even though you do not realize it. Through attention to your home improvement, indoor air quality can be improved.

  • First and foremost, start by getting things like pesticides and chemicals out of your home. Properly dispose of them of course.

  • Next, consider your ventilation system. Improving the air flow into and through your home is necessary. By doing this, you can reduce the bad air that lingers. You should also consider a ventilation system that filters the air before pumping it into the home. In improving indoor air quality, ventilation is very important.

  • No matter what products you use or replace in your home, there will still be particles that are harmful within your air. It's wise to purchase an effective air purification system that can filter the air within the home, removing the contaminates from it. They work in a variety of ways on a variety of conditions. Make sure to look for those that are specific to your size home.

  • Look at the things in your home that cause problems. For example, carpeting harbors dust and mites that can be a problem. The materials used to make carpet, like fire retardants and synthetic fibers, can make you sick. Carpet traps particles of dust, allergens, mold spores and other things that can aggravate allergies and other problems. In improving indoor air quality, carpeting is a great place to start by replacing it. Other things to consider include paint, flooring options, molding and insulation in your home -- they can be sources of problems, unless you select low VOC products.

    Home improvement shouldn't just be about improving the quality of your home, it's also about changing the looks and usability of the home. By taking the steps above, you can improve the quality of your health and pleasure in the home.