Even the cleanest home will have a certain level of pollutants in the air. Activities of daily living, the use of certain products, and even simple inactivity can result in the production of dust, odors, and other pollutants that can make your indoor living spaces unpleasant. Here are some ways you can control pollutants in your home and make your indoor air fresher and cleaner.
Stop Pollutants at Their Source
Indoor pollutants include both particulates, such as dust and pollen, and gaseous material, such as fumes and odors. Stopping these pollutants at their source prevents them from getting into your home in the first place. Clean and dust your home, including vacuuming rugs and carpets, at least once a week. Take out trash regularly — every day, if possible. Keep odor-causing materials such as paints, solvents, and cleaners in tightly-sealed containers. Store them away from HVAC system return ducts where any leaked odors could be pulled into your heating and cooling ductwork and distributed throughout your house.
Be Careful with Daily Activities
Where possible, avoid doing any activities indoors that would generate pollutants, such as sanding, painting, or drilling. Limit or prohibit smoking inside your home. Test new cleaners or other material before bringing them indoors to see if the odors are strong or objectionable. Run kitchen fans when cooking to help remove food odors. Operate bathroom fans to help remove moisture and odors from this area.
Increase Indoor Ventilation
Open windows and doors to increase the amount of fresh air flowing through your home. Put fans in windows to increase the amount of clean air being brought into your home. Install a whole-house ventilation system that will allow you to sustain good levels of ventilation in the summer and winter. These systems remove stale indoor air and bring in fresh outdoor air while maintaining indoor temperatures.
With nearly four decades of experience in the HVAC industry, Roth Home provides expert sales, installation, and service for customers in Portland, Hillsboro, Canby, and the surrounding Oregon communities. Contact us today for more information on controlling and reducing pollutants in your home.