3 Homeowner Mistakes That Harm Indoor Air Quality

The average American spends approximately 90% of their lives indoors. From the office to our homes, to school, restaurants, movie theatres, museums, and more, we’re constantly at the mercy of indoor air quality—which can be good or bad.

Why is my indoor air quality bad?

There are many possible causes of indoor air pollution. Some are passive, while others are a direct result of our actions. Knowing what activities and habits negatively affect our air is essential to maintaining good indoor air quality.

Forgetting to Clean

Dust mites, dander, pet hair, and other airborne contaminants affect our air quality—thankfully, there’s a simple solution: cleaning!

Dust surfaces regularly to reduce your exposure to allergens. Be sure to use a microfiber cloth while dusting. Paper towels or regular cloth will just move the allergens around or redistribute particles into your air supply.

Poor Ventilation

Tired: recirculating the same air all season.

Wired: opening the windows to let fresh air ventilate your home.

A long winter can have a lasting effect on your air quality. Recirculating the same air throughout your home also recirculates and adds to airborne contaminants. Open the windows on nice days and use ventilation and exhaust fans in the bathroom and while cooking to keep your indoor air pure and fresh!

Using Artificial Fragrances

Most artificial fragrances in aerosol sprays (such as Febreze or Glade products) rely on chemicals and synthetic fragrances that cover up smells—but leave behind harmful chemicals. Scented candles have a similar issue. Many candles are made from paraffin wax which burns off and leaves volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the air.

Opt for an essential oil diffuser or candles made from soy or beeswax for a more natural and healthy way to rid your home of odors.

Pure, fresh air is essential for anyone who suffers from allergy or asthma symptoms, but everyone benefits from fresh air. Keep your air pure and clean with indoor air quality solutions from Sierra Air Inc! Contact our team online or by phone at (775) 800-5500 to learn more.