If you’ve ever experienced stale or stuffy air in your home, you may have found yourself wondering how to improve the air quality. Improved air quality in your home can give you more balanced humidity levels, reduce your energy costs, and eradicate odours. Not to mention the great health benefits of eliminating dust and allergens. You may even get a better night’s sleep.
Follow these simple indoor air quality tips to test air quality and get fresh air flowing back through your home once more.
How to Test Air Quality in Your Home
Especially if you are suffering from any kind of respiratory irritation, it’s wise to test the quality of air in your home. Symptoms to be aware of include:
- Shortness of breath
- Headaches and nausea
- Memory loss and dizziness
- Worsening of allergies, asthma, and other respiratory problems
- Eyes, nose, throat and skin irritations
Of course, your first stop should be the doctor. If they think air quality could be an issue, you can test your air to confirm their suspicion. To do so, follow these steps:
- Purchase an air quality monitor to help check your indoor air for dust, allergens, and other tiny particles.
- Look for signs of mould. Watch for visible signs like growing black spots, and check for a smelly, musty odour coming from certain areas in your home.
- Install carbon monoxide alarms. Carbon monoxide is an odourless, tasteless, and colourless gas that can be deadly if inhaled. An alarm will give you peace of mind and keep your air in check.
- Do a radon test. Radon is a radioactive gas that can sometimes enter your home. The only way to know if your home has radon gas is to test it. You can purchase your test directly from us.
Indoor Air Quality Tips
The following key tips will help ensure that your home stays fresh:
- Regularly change the filters in your furnace. Dust and other airborne particles floating through the air should get caught in clean filters, instead of being transported around your home.
- Keep your home clean. Doing so will keep dust and animal dander (if you have pets) out of your lungs. Vacuum frequently, and also clean drapes and bedding.
- Add an air purifier to your home. Quality HEPA filters can remove allergens completely. Other types will greatly cut down on allergens and can prevent irritating symptoms.
- A dehumidifier is a smart addition to damp areas such as bathrooms or basements. Dehumidifying can help decrease mould. Arrange to remove any mould that you come across and keep areas well ventilated.
- Let fresh air into your home whenever you can to help the air circulate. Using ceiling fans in open areas, such as your landing, can also help to distribute air.
Get Professional Air Quality Advice
Quality air is not only good for your health but will provide a more pleasant environment and a safer home. Need help completing these indoor air quality tips? Contact Advantage Airtech ClimateCare for professional help. Our staff are a great resource to help keep your home fresh.