Last summer Richmond saw very high temperatures followed by a very mild winter. This past March was the warmest on record and a very hot summer is on the horizon. If you live in an apartment in Glen Allen, you will be seeing many “bad air days” as a result.
It is believed that the amount of heat-trapping carbon pollution in the atmosphere continues to rise, and higher temperatures trap pollution, especially in cities.
The Environmental Protection Agency states that the air quality within homes can be more polluted than the outdoor air. But there are things you can do to improve your indoor air quality and make your apartment a healthier place.
How can you improve the air quality in your apartment?
Reduce your exposure to your indoor air pollutants with a few simple habits:
- Open the windows as much as possible, even just for a few minutes.
- Clean or change the filters in your air conditioner, air purifier, and vacuum regularly.
- Adjust your humidity levels accordingly with a moisture or humidity gauge. Ideal in-home humidity levels should hover around 45%. To increase humidity, use a vaporizer or humidifier. To decrease humidity, open the windows (if it's not humid outside), turn on a fan or air conditioner, or use a dehumidifier.
- Stay away from synthetic air fresheners and petroleum-based wax candles.
- Use a HEPA air purifier. Make sure to get an air purifier that does not produce ozone, and one that does eliminate VOCs that off-gas from paint, furniture, and cleaning chemicals.
- Get some green plants. Just one of these plants for every 50 feet in your home could help reduce VOCs and improve air quality.
- Groom your pets regularly.
- Invest in a very good vacuum with strong suction, rotating brushes, and a HEPA filter, which traps smaller particles and allergens that regular vacuums miss.
- Minimize carpets. Vacuum at least once a week, including walls, carpet edges, and upholstered furniture. Wash or change your vacuum filter regularly.
Enjoy the summer, and take care of the air you breathe.