To maintain your driveway, it may be necessary to have it repaved every so often because environmental elements and constant use can cause it to deteriorate over time. During the process, however, dust and chemical fumes can get into your home, which may aggravate your or your family's allergies or breathing conditions. Here are two things you can do to protect the quality of the air in your home while your driveway is being paved.
Seal the Windows and Doors
The easiest thing you can do is temporarily seal the windows and doors by covering them with sturdy plastic. Although keeping them closed during the paving process can go a long way towards minimizing the amount of dust and fumes that enter your home, a small amount may still get inside via cracks under or around doors and windows.
To prevent the air from going stagnant while the doors and windows are covered, turn on the air conditioner or heater. While these appliances do pull in air from the outside, they are equipped with filters that remove most toxins and dust from the air before it is circulated into the home. If it's not really cold or hot enough to use your HVAC system, these appliances usually have a fan-only option. Alternatively, you can turn on standing, ceiling, and bathroom fans to help move air as well.
Use an Air Filtering Machine
Another thing you can do is use portable air filtering machines. These machines draw in air, pass it through an internal filter, and send the conditioned air back into the room. You can buy them in a variety of sizes to treat small and large areas.
The type of filter you use for this task is important. Make sure it is a HEPA filter, which will remove a minimum of 90 percent of particles .3 microns or larger. Because of the chemicals used to make the pavement materials can produce fumes, you'll also want to make sure it's a gas phase filter. These filters are designed to remove odors, gasses, and other non-particulate pollution.
Depending on how big your home is, you may need several portable air filters to treat the whole house. To save money, simply place the filters in the rooms you use the most, such as the living room and bed room, to keep the air in those areas clean and allergen-free.
For more tips on protecting your indoor air quality while your driveway is being paved, discuss the issue with a pavement contractor.