Did you know that the air inside of your home can be more contaminated than the outside air? According to the Environmental Protection Agency, aka EPA, the air inside of your home has two to five times the pollution levels than outside air. If you’re like most Americans, you spend more than 90 percent of your day in the home, which is cause for concern when it comes to the air quality you’re breathing in majority of your day. During the winter, the air in your home could become even worse, read on to find out why and what you can do about it.
Why Winter Indoor Air Quality is Poorer
A lot of homes built today are made to be energy efficient. This means that windows and doors are sealed to keep outside air out and indoor air in. This is good for lowering your energy bill, but bad for your health, since the concentration of allergens and pollutants in your home becomes greater. During the winter, you don’t ventilate your home with open windows and doors.
Eliminating Common Household Pollutants
The best way to defend your household from pollutants is to identify and get rid of them. Here is a list of some of the things in your home that could be reducing the quality of your indoor air:
- Oil burning appliances
- Building materials and furnishings with VOCs
- Household cleaning supplies and air fresheners
- Animal dander and dust mites
- Mold and mildew
- Asbestos in paint or wood
- Carbon monoxide
- And more
It’s important to learn what your home and furnishings were made of, so that you can determine whether they are contaminated with toxins. Also make sure to clean any water damage in order to prevent fungal growths. Grand Home Services offers a range of products to help you improve your Denver indoor air quality in the winter and all year round.