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Ways to Help Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality

Concerns with indoor air quality have increased, due to the amount of time people are spending inside homes during the global pandemic.

You may have noticed more dust, mold, and other particles in your household, that you have not seen before. Or noticed an increased odor from pets, cooking, or your air conditioning system.

Poor indoor air quality can exacerbate asthma and allergies, which can play a factor in the comfortability of your home. Symptoms such as irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, headaches, fatigue, sinus congestion, coughing, and dizziness, can be signs that your air may need some cleaning.

For your health and your family’s health, taking steps to improve the quality of your indoor air is also a step towards ensuring your best health.

There are DIY and professional solutions to help you ensure the best air quality for yourself and the other members of your household.

DIY Improvements

Some simple first steps you can do include the cleaning of your home. Cleaning your home weekly can help improve your indoor air quality, but you should pay attention to the ingredients in the products you are using.

The products you use should be natural with the least amount of chemicals. Going green with your cleaning solutions is a trick that can help improve your IAQ.

You can continue to go green by allowing plants to do some work for you. Certain plants and flowers can help clear your air of low-levels of certain bacterias and particles.

You can also limit indoor activities that generate high levels of air pollutants. If the weather permits, do the activity outside instead of inside.

These activities include:

  • painting

  • paint stripping

  • heating with kerosene heaters

  • cooking

  • welding

  • soldering

  • sanding

Ventilation

Providing proper ventilation in your home is a great tool to improve your indoor air quality.

The levels of indoor air pollutants are often 2 to 5 times higher than outdoor levels, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Simply opening windows or doors can bring fresh air from outside inside. Outdoor air can enter the house through natural ventilation, mechanical ventilation, infiltration.

Your air conditioning and heating systems do not always mechanically bring in the fresh air.

Purification

Air purification systems can be installed in your home to continuously work to improve your indoor air quality. There are many different types and options, including air cleaners, filtration, humidifiers, and dehumidifiers.

Many households like systems that are proven to remove not only dust but signs of viruses in the air.

iWave air purifying products help reduce the risks of viruses lurking in the air of your home.

The iWave-R, iWave-C, and iWave-V are air filters that actively purify your entire home. They remove dust, pet dander, pollen, and mold.

They also help reduce the contact you have with the types of bacteria that cause STAPH, TB, and even E. Coli.

They simply are installed in your HVAC system to help your family breathe healthier air throughout your home. Unlike other products, it does not produce ozone or unhealthy byproducts.

Contact a professional to help assess your air quality and help decide what air purifying solution is correct for your household.

As indoor quality is a cause for concern, especially throughout the spring months and during a global pandemic, it's important to make sure you're doing all you can to ensure good IAQ. If you are worried about your air quality, then it could be time to take extra precautions. Call our Bishop Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, Inc. team at (847) 380-8053 for all your air purification needs.

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