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Health Care: Parking in the Garage Affects the Air Quality in Your Home

Feb 06, 2023

With the wind howling and snow piling up outside of your home, parking cars in the garage is the most sensible thing to do right now. Imagine the stress of removing inches of snow covering your cars every morning, spending minutes to an hour cleaning them, and letting your car start before driving away if you choose to park on the street or your driveway. However, there are a few cons to parking inside the garage, and air quality is one.

Your attached garage's air quality needs to be a major priority, even if it isn't right now. Our homes' garage spaces are essential spaces. A garage may be used effectively to increase your living area if it is managed correctly. However, due to a garage's various functions, maintaining acceptable air quality demands work and attention.

Keeping the attached garage's air clean is crucial.

Since the space is mainly used to keep items that might contain harmful compounds and to park vehicles that release emissions, the air quality in attached garages is pivotal.

Your garage's safety undoubtedly impacts the rest of your home because of its closeness to it. There are three primary reasons why keeping an eye on the air quality in your linked garage is important.

Initially, children's play equipment is kept in the garage. In addition, individuals usually spend a lot of time in the garage working out or doing other hobbies. Last but not least, people increasingly use attached garages as their home's main entrance.

The majority of us are now aware of the risks posed by indoor carbon monoxide. It is clear from the rise in houses with carbon monoxide detectors over the past ten years.

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the home, on the other hand, are less commonly recognized for the dangers they bring. Numerous household objects contain substances known as VOCs. Examples include furniture, office supplies, paints, building supplies, and cleaning products. Toxins are slowly released into the air we breathe via VOCs.


Stop letting your car idle for a lengthy time in the garage.

Do you regularly warm your automobiles in the attached garage in the frigid mornings? Even with your garage door fully open, that is a bad idea.

The typical way to degrade the air quality in your connected garage is to leave your automobile idling in the garage for an extended time. Any non-electrically powered vehicle emits various toxins such as benzene and carbon monoxide into the air, even with today's stricter vehicle emissions regulations.

Leaving your car running in the garage for a lengthy period is a distinctive approach to reducing the air quality in your attached garage. Even with today's tougher rules on vehicle emissions, any non-electrically driven vehicle still releases a range of poisons into the air, including benzene and carbon monoxide.

Increase the garage's ventilation.

A garage ventilation system is among your best defenses against contaminated air. The benefits of better ventilation in your garage are many. It lessens the possibility of mold and mildew forming in garages due to moisture, retains better air quality, allows the garage to keep temperatures more consistent, and decreases VOC emissions.

A powered mechanical air ventilation system installed in your garage's walls or ceiling will provide the most advantages. A roof vent for a wind turbine serves the same purpose even though it is a less effective passive ventilation system.

Maintain frequent garage airing.

Even after it has been shut off, a car continues to release benzene into your garage air. Additionally, since garages are commonly used to house a range of things that release VOCs, it makes sense to air out your garage routinely.

Along with reducing your level of VOCs, periodic garage airing may get rid of the musty, stale smell that garages, particularly older ones, sometimes develop. Make use of one or more fans to speed up the airing-out process.

Make a conscious effort to declutter and clean up.

Due to clutter, dirt and dust may build effortlessly and rapidly in the garage, making it harder for you to undertake routine cleaning. Improved ventilation will follow if you can keep your garage clean and clutter-free.

Cardboard boxes and textiles, among other things, may retain moisture in garages. Because of this, it is more probable that mold will develop in your garage.

Decluttering should be done frequently despite being a challenging procedure. Why is that so? You eventually collect items that were left scattered around the house and stow them away in the garage, especially if it is the place where you store your stuff. Although decluttering could initially seem challenging, getting started is the greatest approach to simplify the process.

Sort your belongings by usage and need after going over everything you own. The quickest way to accomplish this is to keep them all off their storage and group them in one spot. Create groupings for keeping, gifting, and discarding after that. Sort the items you intend to retain into different categories for everyday usage and special occasions. This will give you a better sense of where to put these goods in your garage.

The next step is to choose a sensible, dependable storage solution. Both wall shelves and an overhead storage rack are options. It is best to use storage solutions that can be installed on walls or ceilings because doing so will free up a significant amount of valuable garage floor space. Additionally, it is easier to identify which items are housed in these storage systems because of how they are arranged.

The storage option you select must be the best fit for your garage. Consider the room's height and the potential use of the available walls' size when putting this storage. Additionally, bear in mind that before installing either overhead garage storage or wall shelves, you should try to ensure that the entrances, windows, and automobiles are out of the way if you intend to utilize the garage as a parking space.

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