Eco-FriendlyThings You Can Do to Help Reduce Air Pollution

Unless you live in an urban center, it’s often hard to recognize air pollution as a problem. It’s frequently an invisible companion. Yet, outdoor air pollution exposure causes millions of deaths every year. 

You can’t solve the problem alone, but you can take steps that will reduce how much air pollution you create. So, keep reading and we’ll cover some ways to reduce air pollution.

1. Reduce Driving

Driving is almost an American pastime, but it’s a major cause of air pollution. We aren’t suggesting you give up driving entirely because that isn’t practical. You can, however, cut down on your driving.

For example, you can plan your shopping so you hit multiple stores on each trip. If you live close enough to your workplace, you can try commuter biking in the warm weather. You can also use public transportation when it’s a practical alternative.

2. Adjust Your Thermostat

It’s common for many homes to leave furnaces or air conditioners running full blast even when no one is there. Turn your thermostat down or up when you leave for work.

You can even get a smart thermostat that you can program or access remotely with an app. That lets you adjust the thermostat even if you forget when you leave the house. Some of the higher end smart thermostats even use basic AI to learn your routines.

3. Seal the Cracks

Most homes suffer from some basic drafts. Those cost you in heating and cooling efficiency. The HVAC system must run longer or harder for temperature stability.

That wastes electricity, which contributes to air pollution.

A tube of exterior-grade silicone caulk from any home improvement store will let you seal most cracks around your:

  • Doors
  • Windows
  • Foundation

That will improve your heating and cooling efficiency at a minimal cost.

4. HVAC Maintenance

Your HVAC system is one of the most durable mechanical systems in your home. Yet, it is a mechanical system. Your furnace and air conditioner unit need periodic maintenance or they lose efficiency.

Plus, changing out the filters improve your indoor air quality. Poor indoor air quality can cause a number of health problems ranging from pneumonia to cancer. For a more comprehensive discussion of the importance of indoor air quality, read more here.

5. Set Up a Clothesline

A clothes dryer offers a lot of convenience, but it also chews through a lot of electricity. From late spring until early fall in most locations, you can replace your clothes dryer with a clothesline. Sun and wind will dry your clothes just as well, if not quite as fast.

You use less electricity, which means less pollution from power plants.

Parting Thoughts on Ways to Reduce Air Pollution

You can take advantage of lots of ways to reduce air pollution.

Cutting down on the amount of driving you do is one key way. HVAC maintenance and minding the thermostat offer another method.

You can also seal the small cracks around your home and set up a clothesline. 

Looking for ways you can take your home to the next level in eco-friendliness? Check out our post on eco-friendly roof replacements.

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