Jan 20 , 2016

There are a variety of ways to protect and improve your indoor air quality. The 3 basic strategies to improve indoor air quality are as follows:

Source Control

The most effective way to improve indoor air quality is to eliminate individual sources of pollution or to reduce their emissions.Some sourcescan be sealed or enclosed; others, like gas stoves, can be adjusted to decrease the amount of emissions. In many cases, source control is also a more cost-efficient approach to protecting indoor air quality than increasing ventilation because increasing ventilation can increase energy costs.

Ventilation Improvements

Another approach is to increase the amount of outdoor air coming indoors.Most home heating and cooling systems, including forced air heating systems, do not mechanically bring fresh air into the house. Opening windows and doors increases the outdoor ventilation rate. Local bathroom or kitchen fans that exhaust outdoors remove contaminants directly from the room where the fan is located and also increase the outdoor air ventilation rate. This is especially important while painting, paint stripping, cooking, or engaging in maintenance and hobby activities such as welding, soldering, or sanding.

Air Cleaners

There are many types and sizes of air cleaners on the market, some air cleaners are highly effective at particle removal, while others, including most table-top models, are much less so. Air cleaners are generally not designed to remove gaseous pollutants.

The effectiveness of an air cleaner depends on how well it collects pollutants from indoor air (expressed as a percentage efficiency rate) and how much air it draws through the cleaning or filtering element (expressed in cubic feet per minute).
A very efficient collector with a low air-circulation rate will not be effective, nor will a cleaner with a high air-circulation rate but a less efficient collector.

Contact Family Air to check the indoor quality of your home and suggest improvements.

Content provided by USA Environmental Protective Agency