According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average American spends 90% of their lives indoors, yet indoor air quality is usually worse than outdoor air quality. Indoors, pollutants of all kinds can congregate and cause severe health problems if left alone. Apartment buildings have this problem in particular; however, several means of improving your apartment’s indoor air quality can relieve the issue.
Risk Factors of Apartment Living
Apartment buildings, by nature, have difficulty in keeping up its indoor air quality. Many structures have a ventilation system that pushes outside air down through the building from the roof, leaving the lower floors with an inferior product at the end. The small space and poor design flow of an apartment can also exacerbate the build-up of contaminants. While you may be able to do your best to keep a healthy home, your neighbors’ habits and the building’s HVAC system are factors you may have to deal with regardless. Even so, it is up to you to keep your space as conducive to healthy breathing as possible.
One of the biggest factors of indoor air quality is ventilation. As the air gets dirty, that air must have a way to flow out of the space and allow fresh air to replace it. An enclosure of stagnant air is never healthy. Perhaps the simplest means of encouraging better airflow is to open your windows once in a while. Keeping indoor plants is another way to generate fresh air, besides making a cheerful household addition.
Another main part of indoor air quality is how much dirt is in your space. In an apartment, it can collect fast. Keep your air clean by removing the pollutants that you can from your home. Regular and thorough house cleaning will go a long way in relieving any potential health risks. Besides common dirt and grime, air pollutants can include chemicals like formaldehyde, gases like radon and carbon monoxide, and fumes from cleaning products and paints. Cigarette smoke, pet dander, and outdoor pollutants are other common enemies of healthful indoor air quality.
A third factor involves the wettest areas of the apartment: the laundry room, the bathroom, and the kitchen. These places can collect moisture and not have enough ventilation to let it evaporate well, leading to mold and mildew. They can grow not only within the room or in the appliances, but also behind the walls. Make sure that you let your washing machine air out sufficiently after each load and install a fan in the bathroom for needed ventilation.
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