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Ingenious Ways to Clean Up the Air in Your Garage

Sep 21, 2022
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The air quality in your attached garage should be one of your top priorities even if it isn't now. The area in our houses that the garages occupy is vital. A garage may efficiently be used to expand your living space if it is appropriately planned. But because a garage serves so many different purposes, it requires effort and care to maintain a safe air quality.
The importance of air quality in the attached garage
Air quality in attached garages is important since the area is used mostly to store goods that may contain toxic materials and to park automobiles that produce emissions. Due to its close proximity to your home, your garage inevitably affects the safety of the rest of it. It's also crucial to monitor the air quality in your connected garage for three main reasons. First, the garage serves as a playground for children. Second, adults frequently exercise or engage in other activities for long periods in the garage. And lastly, attached garages are increasingly being used by residents as the primary entrance to their homes. Nowadays, most of us are knowledgeable about the dangers of carbon monoxide in the house. It is evident in the prevalence of carbon monoxide detectors in households that has increased significantly during the past ten years. However, the risks posed by volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the house are less widely acknowledged. Compounds called VOCs are present in a wide range of household items. Cleaning supplies, construction supplies, paints, office supplies, and furniture are a few examples. VOCs gradually emit toxins into the air we breathe.

HOW TO ENHANCE AIR QUALITY IN THE GARAGE

Avoid running your vehicle in the garage for long periods
In the mornings when it's freezing outside, do you frequently warm your cars in the connected garage? That is not a smart move, not even with your garage door wide open. The typical way to degrade the air quality in your connected garage is to leave your automobile idling in the garage for an extended period of time. Any non-electrically powered vehicle emits a variety of toxins such as benzene and carbon monoxide into the air, even with today's stricter vehicle emissions regulations. Avoid leaving any vehicle running in the attached or detached garage for a lengthy period of time (this includes recreational vehicles). Do this outside, much farther away from your open garage door as you possibly can (or better yet, close the door). Ensure that any gas-powered instruments are operated outside as well.
Add ventilation to the garage
One of your best lines of protection against unclean air is a garage ventilation system. There are various advantages to improved ventilation in your garage. It reduces VOC emissions, maintains cleaner air, helps the garage keep temperatures more balanced, and lowers the likelihood of mold and mildew growing in garages due to moisture. The finest benefits will come from a mechanical air ventilation system—one that is powered—installed in the walls or ceiling of your garage. Although less efficient, a passive ventilation system like a roof vent for a wind turbine is nonetheless helpful, too.
Air out the garage on a regular basis.
A car still emits benzene into the air of your garage even after it has been turned off. Additionally, it's a sensible move to regularly air out your garage because they are frequently used to store a variety of products that emit VOCs. The stale, musty smell that garages, especially older garages, can acquire can be eliminated by routinely airing out your garage in addition to lowering your level of VOCs. To hasten the airing-out process, utilize one or more fans.
Diligently tidy up and reduce clutter.
Clutter in the garage makes it difficult for you to perform regular cleaning and makes way for dirt and dust to easily and quickly gather. Better ventilation will result in your garage if you can maintain it neat and clutter-free. Some items found in garages, such as cardboard boxes and fabrics, can hold onto moisture. This makes it more likely that mold will grow in your garage. Although it is a difficult process, decluttering is one that should be done regularly. Why is it the case? Over time, especially if the garage is a designated area for storing your goods, you gather objects that have been left lying around the home and packed away there. Although decluttering may first appear difficult, getting started is the best way to make the process easier. Go through all of your things and arrange them by use and need. Keeping them all off of their storage and gathering them in one area is the simplest method to do this. After that, categorize them into groups for keeping, giving, and discarding. Sort the ones you want to keep further into subcategories for regular use and special occasions. You'll have a better idea of where to store these things in your garage space this way. Use of a practical, reliable storage system is the next stage. You can utilize wall shelves or an overhead storage rack. The ideal storage solutions are those that can be mounted on walls or ceilings, as doing so will free up a lot of important garage floor space. Additionally, because they are organized in such a way, it is simpler to tell which goods are kept on these storage systems. You must choose the type of storage solution that will be ideal for your garage. When installing this storage, be mindful of the room's height and the width of the walls that may be used. Also keep in mind that if you want to use the garage as a parking place as well, you should make sure that the doors, windows, and of course, your vehicles are out of the way before adding either overhead garage storage or wall shelves. For your everyday items, the Fleximounts WS SERIES Adjustable 3-Tier Wall Shelving is the perfect additional storage space for your walls. Its powder-coated steel assures sturdiness. Likewise, the heavy-gauge construction provides safety loading of up to 100 lbs per shelf. The screws provided are thicker in size compared to other shelves in the market. An excellent feature this wall-mounted shelf offers is that it is flexible enough to be adjusted depending on the height of your wall and according to your needs. The WS Series allows you to assemble and disassemble it conveniently because of the patent tool-free adjustment design. Another selling point of this shelf is that installing can be a one-person activity. The installation template that helps mount holes and the bubble level that helps get perfect horizontal location is already provided. The wall shelving is compatible with either concrete or wood walls as well as it is suitable for securing either solid concrete ceiling or ceiling studs.