Even though pollution levels have dropped dramatically, it has not disappeared and continues to enter your home. Could the solution to improving your home’s air quality be to never open the windows? The answer is “no”, as there are other sources of pollution that do not come from the outside.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), mold or dust can affect air quality. However, cooking and heating also pollute the air inside your home by producing a concentration of carbon monoxide.
Don’t forget about radon gas, which may not be familiar to you. This is a natural gas that comes from the ground, due to the decomposition of uranium, and enters homes. The World Health Organization (WHO) points out that people who are exposed to this gas, or who are inside their homes for a long time, have a 16% risk of suffering from lung cancer.
For all this, it is important that you know how you can improve the air quality in your home by adopting a series of measures and habits that will help you achieve this. The EPA recommends the following.
Reducing emissions from the stove you use to heat your home may be a good idea. The strategy to follow would be to adjust the amount of emissions to prevent polluted air from becoming concentrated and having a harmful effect on vulnerable groups such as people with chronic respiratory disorders, pregnant women, or children.
In case you have to cook, a good way to improve air quality is to open the windows, at least in the kitchen. This way, the emissions will not stay inside your home and will go outside.
Although controlling the sources of pollution is a good idea to improve the air quality in your home, there are too many closed spaces (bedrooms, kitchen, living room, bathrooms…) that, if they are not ventilated, end up accumulating all that polluted air that does not benefit either your well-being or your health.
How can you ventilate your home? By opening the windows in the morning and at night before going to sleep, especially in summer to cool your home. In addition to the windows, you should open the doors so that all the rooms in the house can be ventilated and the air can circulate without impediment.
This is the best way to ventilate your home, however, you can use kitchen or bathroom fans to specifically ventilate these rooms. Also, air conditioning can be a good idea. However, you should always prioritize natural ventilation.
These are the two preferred ways to improve the air quality in your home. Although the EPA includes air filters as a last option, it specifies that they are “not designed to remove gaseous pollutants”. Therefore, controlling pollutant sources and ventilating your home every day is sufficient in the vast majority of cases to improve your home’s air quality.