Have you ever entered a five-star hotel and noticed how refreshing the air is? It is not even heavily scented, but you can already feel the spirit of relaxation dawn upon your body. Well, that means they have closely monitored their indoor air quality. You can even replicate the same feeling in your own home!
Is it Fresh?
You probably think of indoor air quality as a way to measure how “fresh” the air is inside a building, and you are right. It refers to the quality of air within establishments relative to the health and comfort of the people inside. However, it is not just scents that indicate good indoor air quality, as a lot of people think. Sometimes, pleasantly scented places have the worst indoor air quality.
How Do You Know If the Indoor Air Is of Poor Quality?
Many professionals use science to measure and determine the quality of air inside a room. Some choose to determine it based on the number of particles in the air or how it has affected the health of people who stay in the same space often. But, since all of this is a little too technical for the average person, here are a few signs that your indoor air quality may be bad:
● Your allergies or asthma become worse or you experience attacks more often.
● New or unusual symptoms like nausea, rashes, and vomiting.
● Polluted air can freely enter the building.
● Air distribution inside the building is inconsistent.
How Do You Improve It?
Luckily, there are many simple and easy ways to improve the indoor air quality of your personal and shared spaces. Most of these do not even require too much effort, just a simple change of products or a quick activity to add to your routine.
● Practice routine cleaning
Keeping your space clean and free of dust and germs is the first step to making sure the air you breathe is clean, too. That does not mean spring cleaning should be a monthly thing now. Instead, make sure to clean up messes immediately after they are made and do a little bit of cleaning each day.
● Stop using toxic disinfectants.
Many disinfectants may be great at removing stains, but they are full of chemicals that could float into the air and circulate. What is worse is that you could breathe them and get sick. Instead, use a mild soap and water with homemade or all-natural disinfectants.
● Change your HVAC filter regularly
Your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) unit comes with a filter inside that cleans the air that circulates around your home. Replacing this filter often will help you minimize the amount of dust and particles that can enter and spread throughout your space.
● Call a professional to inspect your HVAC unit
Changing your filters will help, but you cannot simply change old or broken parts on your own. It is important to have your HVAC unit checked by a professional at least once a year for preventive maintenance. They will be able to assure you that your HVAC is working efficiently to circulate and clean your air. HVACs play a huge role in bettering your indoor air quality.
Now that you know more about indoor air quality and how you can achieve better and fresher air in your own spaces, you can finally replicate that Zen hotel feeling in your own home. Comfort and good health do not always have to be expensive. All it takes is the strict implementation of a routine, and your indoor air quality will definitely become better.