Concerned about the air you breath? While outdoor air pollution is a growing concern for many in our larger cities, indoor air quality is often poorer than outdoor air quality. Indoor air pollution can trigger asthma symptoms and contribute to poor respiratory health. However, there are several steps you can take to for cleaner indoor air in your home.
How to Get Cleaner Indoor Air
1. Improve Ventilation
Proper ventilation is key to better indoor air quality. Extractor fans in kitchens and bathrooms can remove particles from the air while also reducing damp. Moreover, trickle ventilation, as required by British Building Regulations, reduces condensation, avoids over ventilation (thereby minimising energy consumption), and improves comfort by limiting draughts.
2. Reduce Remove Allergens and Irritants
Pet dander, dust mites, pollen and so on find their way into your home. These allergens can become embedded in soft furnishings, carpets and rugs. Soft furnishings should be thoroughly hoovered on a weekly basis. If its possible to keep pets off the furniture, all the better. Likewise, carpeting and rugs should be hoovered weekly, preferably with a machine using a HEPA filter. While these measures can reduce the amount of allergens in your home, ultimately, wooden flooring is the most hypo-allergenic option:
Better yet, remove wall-to-wall carpeting and large area rugs, especially in the bedroom. ‘These can be havens for dust mites … We don’t like to get out of bed and have our feet hit a hard wood floor, but a smooth, hard surface is best if you are sensitive to dust mites.’ ~ Having a Bad Air Day? Improve Your Indoor Air Quality
Simply put, hard surface flooring is easier to maintain in an allergen-free state than carpeting. Refurbishing your floorboards or installing or refurbishing herringbone, parquet or mosaic flooring can have a big impact on cleaner indoor air.
3. Be Careful with Household Chemicals
Finally, be mindful of the chemicals your introduce into your home. Paints, new furniture, new carpets and similar often release VOCs (Volatile Organice Compounds) into your indoor air. VOCs in new carpets are felt by some suffers to trigger asthma symptoms. Moreover, cleaning products, fabrics and more can introduce chemicals that reduce your indoor air quality. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has compiled a list of products thought to be less harmful to indoor air. Simple changes like choosing liquid or paste cleaners over sprays and adding houseplants to your home can also reduce the harmful chemical particulates in your indoor air.
Refurbish Your Wooden Floors for Better Indoor Air Quality
Tired of old carpets harbouring dust mites, pet dander, and other allergens? Simply Sanding is here to help. Firstly, our dustless process greatly minimises the particulates our work may release into your home. Secondly, our low VOC floors sealants are hard-wearing and greatly exceed standards for VOC emissions, keeping your air safer for you and your family. Finally, our floor sanding Essex services include sanding and refurbishment of existing floors (floorboards, herringbone, parquet and so on), as well as installation of wooden floors. Contact us for a free no-obligation quote!