How can indoor air quality be improved?

Residentials are subject to air pollution just like the outside. Improving indoor air quality is not only a matter of comfort but also of health.  So, what solution should be implemented to improve indoor air quality? What are the right actions to take to control indoor pollution? Here are a few tips:

Regularly ventilate the environment

To allow indoor air to renew itself, it is essential to bring outside air into your work spaces. It is recommended to ventilate twice a day for about 10 minutes.

On the other hand, it is not recommended to ventilate during peak pollution periods. You would then bring in poor quality outdoor air. If your building is located in the city, give preference to off-peak hours of the day in terms of traffic.

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Understanding how your ventilation system works

Studying how your ventilation systems work will allow you to understand how air exchange between the inside and outside occurs. Locate where the air inlets and outlets are. Pay attention to where the ventilation units have been installed. If there is a problem in the ventilation system, it will be easier to identify it.

Maintain your ventilation equipment

To properly evacuate pollutants, your ventilation systems must not be obstructed. Equipment such as air vents must therefore be cleaned regularly to fulfill their role as filters against outside pollution. Routine maintenance must therefore be implemented within the company to ensure the full effectiveness of your ventilation solution.

Remember to integrate the cleaning of the ventilation grilles into your maintenance services, approximately every 2 to 3 months. If the grilles are really dirty, you will have to change the filter.

Adapting user behaviors

Air quality in residential also depends on the behaviour of its occupants. Adapting them can significantly reduce pollutant emissions. For example, smoking indoors should be totally banned.

Building users are also invited to limit their use of heating to what is strictly necessary. An overheated space can indeed promote indoor air pollution, by more easily propagating allergens or solvents contained in paint.

If you have a kitchen in your office premises, it is advisable to equip yourself with a high-performance hood, depending on the fumes released by cooking food. As far as possible, try to avoid the most polluting cooking methods such as frying. Cooking fumes are highly toxic.

Preventing the growth of mold

Molds are extremely harmful to indoor air quality. It is therefore strongly advised to monitor their appearance in order to prevent their effects. Caused mainly by an excess of humidity, the appearance of mold causes both damage to the material and to the health of the occupants.

To prevent humidity and its impact on health, it is possible to install air purifiers. These devices effectively renew indoor air.

Choose your furniture carefully to avoid volatile organic compounds

The choice of furniture has a significant impact on indoor air quality. Some labels guarantee that the furniture has been made from non-harmful materials, or containing very few harmful substances.