New Year, New Indoor Air Quality

New Year’s Resolution 2019! What’s on your list? Indoor Air Quality?

Here at Environmental Doctor, we have plenty on our new years checklist for 2019. And it has nothing to do with personal fitness. We like to think of it as personal endeavor to keep our indoor air quality at its best.

Our personal New Year’s checklist for home air quality includes the inspection of air filters, air ducts, smoke detectors, fans, pollutants, humidity levels and mold. Just to name a few.

indoor air quality

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) specifically refers to air quality within and around a structure (whether in a home or commercial space) and how it relates to common pollutants and your overall health. According to the EPA, we spend 90% of our time indoors and studies have shown that indoor air pollution is 2 to 5 times higher than outdoor air pollution. There are many sources for indoor air pollution and some of the most common ones include: airborne particles, indoor formaldehyde, household odors and gases, ozone, and carbon dioxide.

Other types of indoor pollutants include tobacco products, household cleaning products, central heating and cooling systems and humidification devices, building material and furnishings. Although this information is a lot to take in, we don’t want it to scare you. For this new year’s resolution, we want to educate our readers on the types of indoor air pollutants.

Plus here are some tips to help alleviate your indoor air quality immediately: open windows periodically as HVAC systems only recirculate air, use exhaust fans, use doormats and vacuum and sweep regularly no matter which season it is. Although some of our readers battle with dry heat during the winter months, others may have excess moisture in their home. Opt on buying a dehumidifier to remove moisture and which helps prevent mold growth in certain areas or specific rooms in your home.

Happy New Years!