Solutions to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Educating homeowners on the causes and signs of unhealthy air is the first step towards empowering them to take action. Improving IAQ and related health issues is a matter of a few simple steps. Air flow and proper ventilation are vital to sustaining healthy indoor air. While most American homeowners own appliances that promote air flow, few use them properly. And with homes being built tighter than ever, there is less fresh air being circulated.
“Bath fans and range hoods are the easiest ways to drastically improve indoor air quality,” said home improvement expert and Broan partner, Danny Lipford. “The key is to use them every time you shower or cook, leave them on for 10 minutes after you’ve finished, and replace them every 10 years.”
Beyond spot ventilation, there are also whole-house, balanced systems that equalize indoor air pressure and remove stale air from the home. These systems may introduce fresh air alone, or include Heat Recovery (HRV) or Energy Recovery (ERV) features. BROAN models include HEPA filtration and are energy efficient.
To further improve indoor air quality, homeowners should maintain a regular cleaning schedule that includes vacuuming (especially door mats), removing shoes upon entering the home and frequently washing linens in hot water.