Certain times of the year in Portland, the outside air isn’t healthy due to high levels of humidity, heat or pollution. This can prevent you from opening up your windows and doors to ventilate your home but indoor air can often be worse than the outdoors because of irritants such as dust, dander, mold spores and volatile organic compounds.
Three strategies can help improve your indoor air:
- Air-purification units remove particles and chemicals from the air using either electronically charged collection plates or filters. Most units can trap very small particles including cigarette smoke. Stand-alone units are available for separate rooms of your house but a whole-house unit installed as part of your furnace will work the best.
- Proper ventilation can keep indoor air quality at an acceptable level. Pollution and high pollen levels tend to be at their lowest in the evenings so that makes for a good time to air out. Otherwise, using your fans in the kitchen or bathrooms for at least 30 minutes each day can help recycle your air and make it healthier.
- Getting to the source of the problem can help you better maintain your air. Asbestos should be either removed professionally or sealed completely. Gas stoves can give off harmful emissions and should be set accordingly to minimize this. Some people even remove their carpet and install healthier hardwood floors to minimize harmful off-gassing.
Contact Roth Heating & Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical for more information on how you can improve your indoor air quality while increasing good health and comfort.