When the American Lung Association released their 2018 State of the Air report, they revealed that the quality of air in Chicago has taken a downward turn. This is concerning to the professionals at Martin Enterprises due to our proximity to Chicago. Our commitment to helping our community improve indoor air quality is stronger than ever before. If you or someone in your household is suffering from allergies, there are a couple things you can do to fight air pollution and keep the sneezing and watery eyes to a minimum.

Improve Your Ventilation

We’ve talked before about the importance of proper ventilation to prevent Sick Building Syndrome, but it’s worth bringing up again. Installing a whole-house ventilation system is one of the best ways to prevent allergens from accumulating in your living space. From dust and pet dander to fumes from household cleaners, allergens start to buildup in the air within your home if the circulation of fresh air is inadequate.

Open a Window

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, VOC’s volatile organic compounds are up to five times higher indoors than outdoors. This is due to the use of aerosol sprays, paint, pesticides and many cleaning products. You can switch to healthier cleaning supplies and stop using aerosol cans, and reduce VOC’s, but you will still have some of these compounds in your air.

The simplest solution is to open a window when you’re cleaning, painting or spraying aerosol cans. This will help some of those compounds escape your living environment.

Bring in the Air Purifiers

If you really want to eliminate VOCs as well as dust, pet dander and other allergens from your space, consider investing in air purifiers. Small purifiers that treat individual rooms are now more affordable than ever, and you can purchase larger units that cover most of your home. Whole-house air purifiers are the best option because they will provide maximum benefits with less maintenance.

Are you ready to learn more about improving your air quality to beat allergies? Learn more about our indoor air quality services online or give us a call at 844-232-4554 to schedule indoor air quality testing.

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