You may have noticed that your garage is pretty air-less these days.
What you may not have noticed is that the home is also pretty airy, thanks in part to an increasing number of DIY air sinks, according to a new report from HomeSink.
The research team from the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Bethesda, Maryland, found that in the past five years, a whopping 8.8 million homeowners have installed air sink devices, or “air vents,” that capture, measure, and analyze air pollution.
A few of these air vents have become so popular that they are now becoming increasingly common in homes and businesses across the country, said NISOT scientist, Julie Buehler.
While air pollution is a problem that affects everyone, the air quality that is actually harmful is disproportionately affecting children and young adults, she said.
“People are increasingly turning to air vents as a way to improve the air they breathe,” Buebaum told Mashable.
But what’s not so obvious is that even the air in your home isn’t perfect.
Buehler told Mashability that she’s noticed the same problem when she’s lived in homes that have been recently renovated or where the exterior walls are being painted.
And if you are looking for a way of getting rid of a particular air vent, a few simple things can help: If you have an older house, it may be easier to install air-sheds.
These are smaller devices that look like a small metal plate, and can be placed on top of the home’s wall to capture and analyze the air.
If the vents are installed in the back of the house, you can install a device to attach to the rear wall and capture the air that enters the home through the vents.
In some cases, you may also be able to remove air vents from the front of the property.
Some homeowners can also install a DIY air vent from the garage, and the DIY air source can be attached to a wall to collect the air pollution that leaves the home.
You can also get rid of some of the pollutants that are in the air by turning off air conditioning and heating your home, said Buella.
Another solution for some homeowners is to install a sensor that measures the amount of pollution coming from your home.
If you install a gas detector in your garage, the gas in the garage will be measured, and if you turn the gas on, the readings will be recorded, she explained.
This is a great option for older homes and commercial buildings with more vulnerable people in them, said Ben Jorjans, an air quality researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Other tips:If you find your home to be more air-rich than you like, the best way to fix it is to put the home in a humid climate, JorJans said.
“A humid environment, even at a temperature of 65 degrees, will allow air to get in through the home air vents and be captured,” he said.
You can also add some ventilation fans to your home and monitor the levels of the air outside.
If the air is really bad, you should consider replacing your air conditioning, Jestman said.