Improving Home Air Quality

by Editor on May 24, 2013


Indoor air quality is an issue which should be given prime importance. Air quality refers to the cleanliness, health, and comfort level of air in a room. The evaluation of indoor air quality is based on many factors. These include the levels of relative humidity and temperature. The quality of ventilation and the distribution of ventilated air throughout the house is also a factor to be considered.

Tobacco smoke, paints, glues, dyes, and adhesives which are dispersed in the atmosphere reduce the quality of air we breathe in. If the quality of air is poor, then it can give rise to many problems. These include frequent headaches, eye irritations, increased symptoms of allergies, and cough and respiratory diseases. There will also be dust build up in the house, and you may experience discomfort or an increased irritability in sleeping.

To prevent these unwanted scenarios, it is necessary that you take steps to improve the air quality. Following are some tips which will help you in improving air quality and making the indoors a safer and healthier environment to live in.

Use an air filter

Using an air filter is the best way to improve the quality of the indoor air. The air filter will be integrated into the heating system of your building. It filters the air that passes through its air ducts into the furnace. These filters are extremely quiet in their operation, which is an added advantage.

HEPA filter

A HEPA filter is an advanced kind of air filter. This high-efficiency filter is called the absolute air filter. This filter restricts bacteria and other micro-organisms from the external environment to enter the indoor air. It makes use of fiberglass to filter the air. The fiberglass helps in keeping out even very small particles. The air indoors will be made fresh and cool by the use of HEPA filters.

Humidity control

Humidity control is also essential in maintaining a high quality of indoor air. If the humidity is high, then it can lead to the growth of bacteria, fungi, and other micro-organisms. If the air is dry, then it can lead to the propagation of viruses which are harmful to health. So, it is necessary to maintain healthy levels of moisture in the environment. This humidity control can be done by using a combined humidification-dehumidification system.

Use an air ionizer

Using an air ionizer is another effective way to improve indoor air quality. The ionizer helps in improving the electrical composition of the air around so that it is filled with healthy ions. These air ions are considered to be the natural cleaners of the air and in an ion-deprived environment, the air will be filled with pollutants. An air ionizer electrically generates the required ions and propagates them into the air that we breathe. This economic and effective solution helps restore the level of healthy ions in the indoor air that we breathe.

Along with using specialized equipments for improving air quality, we can make use of some natural, tried and tested methods. This includes activities like keeping indoor plants, building small and artificial water fountains, and providing proper ventilation to the rooms.

About the Author

Joe is a DIY expert that specializes in waterproofing and air quality, making sure that ventilation and heat transition properly around a building. Find out more on Joe’s various advice columns around the web.

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