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Indoor Air Pollution Is More of a Threat Than You Realize — How to Prevent It

You may have heard of indoor air quality and the dangers it can pose to your family and West Texas home, but do you really know what poor indoor air quality is doing to you? While the answer to that question depends on what types of toxins are in your home, the fact is that indoor air pollution is toxic to your health. Because of these risks, take measures to prevent indoor air pollution whenever possible as you strive to protect the health and well-being of your family.

Get Tested

Many forms of indoor air pollution don't have any noticeable signs; they can't be smelled, seen or felt. Before you go to battle against indoor air quality problems, get your home's indoor air tested. This is the first step in choosing the right methods to combat whatever problems exist.

Take Measures to Prevent Indoor Air Pollution

Taking steps to prevent indoor air pollution starts with adequate ventilation. If the air inside your home isn't properly ventilated, any pollution you do have is simply going to continually re-circulate through your home.

Bathrooms, basements and attics are areas most prone to problems with moisture and mold, so install fans and dehumidifiers to ensure they're properly ventilated.

Next, avoid using items in your home that could contribute to indoor air pollution whenever possible. Aerosol sprays, for example, can add gasses to the air. Prevent indoor air pollution by using these products outdoors when you can, or properly vent the room when they are being used.

Reduce the Presence of Indoor Air Pollutants

When you can't prevent indoor air pollution, the next best thing is to find ways to reduce the effects of the pollution in your home.

  • One way to reduce indoor air pollution that's easy and natural is through house plants, which can remove some toxins from the air naturally. Spider plants, English ivy, areca palm and peace lilies are all excellent choices. Keep in mind that you'll need two plants per 100 square feet of space for the best results.
  • Install an air cleaner, which is available in several styles and sizes. You can purchase a whole-house unit that's professionally installed as part of your HVAC system, or you can purchase a standalone unit that cleans the air in just one room of your home. These cleaners can extract a significant amount of dust and debris from the air, helping your family breathe easier and cleaner.
  • Don't forget to change the air filter, which is designed to remove particles from the air as it flows through the furnace system. However, not all air filters are created equal. Look for one that's a higher efficiency filter and designed to snag as much dirt and debris as possible. Then, check the air filter monthly and change it when dust begins accumulating.

    Also, keep in mind that the filter needs to work properly with your furnace. While you may want the most sophisticated, efficient filter on the market, it will do you no good if it is not compatible with your furnace.

For professional help to ensure you're doing all you can to prevent indoor air pollution, contact us to find a West Texas HVAC contractor near you.

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