How to Keep Garage Fumes Out of Your House
The convenience provided by an attached garage may be endangering the air quality in your home. Garages are designed to protect a huge air polluter, your car, but garages are also the dumping ground for other equipment and tools that stink up the air, such as lawn mowers, home improvement supplies like paint, and lawn care products that often boast a long list of toxic ingredients. To help stifle polluted garage air from seeping into your home, consider the following tips from The Spruce writer Jeff Beneke.
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Garage insulation often pales in comparison to your home’s insulation, so pay special attention to gaps and drafts. Make sure there is quality weather-stripping around the garage door that leads into your house. Poorly sealed ducts should be fixed, too.
The longer your car and lawnmower are on the greater amount of polluted air is introduced to the garage and possibly your home. Only start your car in the garage when the garage door is open and back out of the garage as soon as you can. If possible, furnaces and water heaters shouldn’t be located in the garage.
Even though it makes the task more cumbersome, it’s best to keep the door that leads into your house shut when unloading groceries, book bags, suitcases, or athletic gear from your car into your house.
“If you spend a lot of time in the garage working with chemicals, paints, wood finishes, combustion engines or other such items, consider installing an exhaust fan that sends the smells and fumes to the outdoors. A decent bathroom or kitchen fan will be sufficient,” writes Beneke.
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To keep tabs on the air quality in your home, Beneke stresses the importance of having at least one carbon monoxide detector.
News Source: The Spruce