Having a home gym or exercise room is a great way to stay in shape and improve your health. To benefit fully, you’ve probably focused on getting the right sporting equipment and making time for regular workouts. Another key concern should be the air quality in your workout space, because it can have a direct impact on your health and well-being.
Causes of IAQ Concerns in a Home Gym
Exercise areas are often set up in out-of-the-way spots, such as a basement or spare room. Plus, when you’re working out, your body needs plenty of oxygen, so you naturally take deeper breaths. These two factors can increase your exposure to airborne contaminants and allergens like:
- Unhealthy mold and mildew growth that flourishes in a humid, dark basement.
- Allergy-causing dust mites that thrive on dead skin cells.
- Hazardous volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released by inexpensive rubber mats and weight plates, or from household items stored nearby like cleaners, paints and solvents.
- Toxic gasoline fumes that seep in from an adjacent garage.
- Bacteria-laden droppings from rodents and insects that invade seldom-used areas.
Tips for Improving IAQ
If you have concerns about the air quality in your home gym or exercise room, there are some effective ways to improve it.
- Minimize your exposure to bacteria, dust mites and other allergens by wiping down your equipment after each use, and cleaning/vacuuming the entire space regularly.
- Stay ahead of mold and mildew growth by running a dehumidifier to clear out excess moisture.
- If you notice a musty odor or any signs of mold/mildew, have the carpet cleaned and spot clean color-safe areas with a bleach/water mixture.
- Bring in fresher outdoor air by opening up windows whenever possible.
- Get rid of VOCs, mold spores, bacteria and allergens by having an air cleaner unit added to your HVAC system. As a bonus, you’ll enjoy healthier air quality throughout your home.
- Ensure good air circulation by keeping your HVAC system properly maintained and replacing the air filter regularly.
If you have any IAQ concerns in your Monmouth County home, contact us at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors for effective solutions.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).