The ability to differentiate between home repairs and improvements that you can make yourself and those that will require the help of a contractor is a very important skill to have. Not only will this skill prevent you from spending more money than you need to on professional services, but it will also help you to avoid costly mistakes by attempting DIY projects that are out of your league. It is my hope that this information contained in this blog will help you to obtain this skill. More importantly, it is my hope that once you have identified a project you wish to take on, this information in this blog will help you to get the job done.
When you think of air pollution, you probably think of what you can find outside. However, air quality can also be very poor inside your home. There are a lot of pollutants and allergens indoors, including radon, pet dander, dust, mold, and many more. Here are some tips for reducing these pollutants and improving the air quality inside your home.
Clean Your Home
One of the most important things to keep in mind is that you need a clean home. When pet dander, mold, and dust is floating around in the air, it quickly destroys the air quality in your home. Start with your floors by using a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter. This will suck up a lot of the allergens in your home. If you can replace carpets with hardwood flooring or tile, even better, because pollutants don't stick to hard flooring like they do carpeting and rugs. Also use the attachment on your vacuum cleaner to vacuum any upholstered furniture you have. For the hard flooring, sweep and mop on a regular basis.
Remember also to do laundry often. Take your curtains down routinely to wash them as dust can stick to curtains and drapes very easily. Wash bedding, pillows and pillow cases, rugs, and pet beds as well.
Groom Your Pets
Pet dander is a major allergen and cause of indoor air pollution, especially during the cold seasons. Make it a point to groom your dogs and cats regularly, and any other pets you have with dander. Not only should their bedding be washed, but you should keep their toys washed as well. Brush your pets outdoors, and keep their fur coats clean. If it is possible, do not allow your pets on sofas or beds.
Improve Air Circulation
Getting fresh air in your home is important as it improves air circulation and increases the indoor air quality. Whenever the weather is cool enough, open your windows to allow for fresh air. This is especially important if you are painting, cleaning, or cooking meals, because the air quality will go down during these tasks. With the windows open, it also helps to keep fans going as it further improves air circulation in your home. You can also reduce excess moisture by turning on your dehumidifier on humid days.
Replace Air Filters
The heating and air conditioning unit in your home can be the cause of poor air quality. Start by having the filters replaced to reduce dust and other air pollutants that can build-up in the filters. Also make sure to call HVAC services on a regular basis for proper maintenance and repairs of these units. Your air conditioner might be causing more air pollution in your home simply because it is in need of repairs and not working as efficiently.