Indoor air quality is a significant factor in home safety. It can affect your health, so it’s important that you maintain your home. There are a number of measures that can have a significant effect on the air we breathe, requiring only minor changes in our daily routines.
- Many cleaning products contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other harmful chemicals. These compounds can irritate conditions, such as asthma and skin allergies, so avoiding their use is an effective way of reducing associated issues. Alternatives include baking soda, lemon juice and olive oil. If you prefer to use a bottled product, then rely on a cleaner with natural, plant based ingredients.
- House plants are not only decorative, but they also have some air cleaning qualities. NASA research shows that a number of plants are particularly effective at removing harmful chemicals, as well as pumping fresh oxygen into the air. These include bamboo palm, peace lily and gerbera daisy. They can remove chemicals, such as formaldehyde, carbon dioxide and benzene.
- The simplest way to improve air quality is ventilation. The air outside is often less polluted than the air inside your home, so it makes sense to capitalize on this idea. During the winter months, when the temperature is low in Farmington Hills and Clawson, it may seem counterproductive to open a window, but just cracking one will make a difference.
- When choosing decorating products, make an effort to source paints that state low or zero VOCs. This can have a long term effect on indoor air quality.
- Make your home a no smoking zone. Smoking releases up to 4,000 chemicals into the air and can be responsible for a number of dangerous respiratory diseases.
At Aladdin Heating & Cooling, we have been serving the Michigan area since 1945 and understand the importance of good indoor air quality. Our trained technicians who are happy to discuss your needs, so please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Warren, Michigan about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about indoor air quality and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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