Acoustic Ventilation and Other Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality Home Improvement by Erika Remmington - September 2, 2014 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality – Acoustic Ventilation Air pollution is a huge concern, especially in urban areas where the population is higher. A lot of focus is put on outdoor pollution but indoor pollution levels can be much higher and more dangerous than outdoor levels. This is a big problem since most people spend 90% of their time indoors. There are some great solutions available, such as acoustic ventilation that can improve indoor air quality and contribute to your improved health and well-being. Acoustic Ventilation One great way to improve your indoor air quality is by installing an acoustic ventilation system. Most people realize if their home is smelly, stuffy, or smoky, but most people don’t realize that a simple solution to this problem is an acoustic ventilation system. They provide a more effective and efficient solution to ventilation and noise/air pollution than most other products. Plus, they reduce the energy use in your home by reducing the need to have your air conditioning system running all the time. A proper ventilation system should not be drafty, noisy, or smelly. An acoustic ventilation system combats these problems by using special fans and filters to minimize noise and pollutants from entering your home. This helps keep air moving throughout your home without exposing you and your family to poor quality air. The central system should have two fans: one for supply and one for exhaust. Acoustic ventilation systems are designed to fit within the most common wall structures, so finding the right fit should be no problem. A professional can help you to plan and install the best system fit for your home. Image – East Side Ventilation Ltd. High Efficiency Filter An air quality improvement that is probably one of the least expensive – and most effective – is to use a high efficiency air filter. This is a simple thing you can do to remove allergens and pollutants from the air in your home. There are several high efficiency choices that cost less than $20. These filters trap allergens and use antimicrobials to improve air quality. Bringing The Outdoors In Some plant life helps filter out allergens and air pollutants. Many plants thrive on the same chemicals that are harmful to people. Houseplants, such as Chinese evergreen, aloe vera, ficus, spider plant, and peace lilies help improve air quality in the home. Many of these plants are beautiful to look at and can be easy to care for. A good place to have these plants are in areas air quality may be the worst such as in the laundry room, kitchen, and bathroom. Use Green Cleaners And Candles The use of certain household cleaners can damage air quality and introduce nasty chemicals into your home. Using natural products for cleaning will prevent this issue. You can also improve air quality by burning soy candles instead of petroleum based ones to keep your home smelling nice. Furniture It is important to air out new furniture products before introducing them to your home. Most new furniture pieces contain formaldehyde that takes a few days to air out to safer levels. Another idea is to buy green products or recycle previously used furniture. There are many ways to improve the quality of our indoor air. We should all make it a priority since our families spend so much of their day inside. Improvements such as an acoustic ventilation system, will help you to be proactive and conscious of your air quality and can make a huge difference in your health and well-being. Information provided by East Side Ventilation Ltd.