What Factors Are Most Likely To Impact My Home’s Air Quality?
Here at Hyde’s, we get a lot of questions from our Coachella Valley neighbors about indoor air quality. How do I know if I have poor air quality? What IAQ products are the most effective? Does a humidifier really help in our desert climate?
But the question we seem to get most often is “what factors impact my home’s indoor air quality?” This is a complex question, as the answer is unique to the home in question. So for us to tell you exactly what specific factors are determining your home’s air quality, we’d need to come in and perform air quality testing.
However, here are five common factors that can have a major impact on the quality of your home’s air.
Plants — In addition to looking good, having house plants is actually great for your IAQ levels. As we all know, plants convert carbon dioxide into oxygen which helps freshen your home’s air. Any plants in your home will improve your air quality, but some plants are better at cleaning the air than others. Brighten your rooms and improve your air with powerhouse plants like mums, spider plants, peace lilies, aloe and bamboo.
Pets — We love our pets dearly. They significantly improve the quality of our lives. But they also damage the quality of our home’s air. Between shedding fur and dander and, at least with dogs, the instinct to roll in smelly things, your pets can contribute to allergies, headaches and even some skin conditions. Enjoy your pets, but also change your air filters every month to diminish the effect they have on your air quality.
Drafts — Drafty rooms are a double-edged sword. From an indoor air quality perspective, they’re actually great because they get stagnant air and built-up pollutants out of your house. But from an HVAC perspective they’re awful because they waste energy and air conditioning. Get the IAQ-improving benefits of a draft without the energy-wasting downside by installing an air exchanger instead.
Dust — When you don’t dust often enough, your home doesn’t just look neglected; your air quality also suffers. Dust is a catchall term to describe a number of airborne particles, including dead skin cells, dirt particles, hairs, clothing fibers, pollen, paper particles, etc. It’s particularly problematic for people with asthma and allergies. The best way to get rid of dust in your home is with microfiber cloths that trap the dust rather than with feather dusters that just kick it up in the air to settle on your furniture again.
Moisture — Whether it’s from a leaking pipe or an overzealous room humidifier, excess moisture in your home can be terrible for your air quality. That’s because unchecked wetness inundates the wood and drywall it touches, creating the perfect breeding ground for smelly mildew and unsightly mold, both of which can trigger allergic reactions, asthma attacks and bouts of dizziness and nausea. Make sure you deal with leaky plumbing quickly and invest in a whole-home humidifier if your house is too dry.