Where do you think air quality is higher: inside…or outside?
If you answered “outside,” you’re probably right.
We haven’t seen any macro studies comparing the actual quality of your indoor air to the average outdoor air quality at a national level.
But, anecdotal evidence does show that indoor air quality can many times be worse than that found outdoors.
Dust, dander, radon and carcinogens from cleaning supplies, VOCs from paint, and certain carpet, upholstery, and building materials can cause serious (and even deadly) health issues.
So, your home may not be the safe castle you envision after all (even if you have a newly built home).
The point is that “IAQ,” as it’s called, has slowly become a stronger industry trend in recent years.
And here’s some devices and techniques you can use to optimize your IAQ:
1. Air Quality Monitors
To know if you really have a problem, you have to be able to measure the quality of your air and compare it to some sort of known, proven baseline, right?
So, rather than letting serious allergies, heart attacks, or cancer tip you off that you have IAQ issues, it makes sense to monitor where you’re at so you can prevent those conditions.
Air quality monitors are affordable and easy to find. They measure temperature, humidity, VOCs, radon levels (radon can’t be detected by any of your senses), and carbon dioxide.
This post discusses the pros and cons of many air quality monitors.
2. Set It and Forget It: Air Purifiers
Air purifiers do exactly as their name suggests. They remove the noxious particles that can cause you serious health issues.
You can even get air purifiers designed specifically to help with certain conditions, such as allergies, asthma, pet allergies, and more.
As with anything in America, you have plenty of options available and will be able to find the perfect one for your needs.
The only maintenance you’ll ever have to do for an air purifier is change the filter every 3 months to one year, depending on the air purifier you get.
Need help understanding what to look for and specific reviews of air purifiers? This guide from Consumer Reports has you covered.
3. Use All-Natural Household Cleaning Products
Carpet stain removers, aerosol air freshener, surface cleaners…practically anything you use to clean around your home can release its fair share of pollutants.
You can research each and every one to evaluate the potential risks. And it could be that the ones you use don’t actually release many pollutants after all.
Or, you can simply switch over to completely natural household cleaning products, which are guaranteed to not release any pollutants.
The downside, of course, is the increased cost. So, you have to balance that with the potential health risk you feel chemical cleaning products represent to you.
You might be fine with those. You might not.
You can easily buy all-natural cleaning products on Amazon. Just read customer reviews and do your own online research to figure out what to use.
Managing your IAQ isn’t that difficult. There’s plenty of guides online to learn how to do it. But it is worth your time.
And if you have chronic allergies or respiratory problems, optimizing your IAQ could be exactly the solution you need.