Did you know that indoor air quality can be worse than outdoor air? However, you CAN change that! For the sake of your health and your family’s health, it is worth it to improve the air quality in your home.
Control Humidity Levels by Properly Ventilating Your Home
One of the best methods of improving your indoor air quality is by controlling the relative humidity. Mold growth and dampness are increased by high volumes of moisture and can cause damage to both your house and your health. Coughing, wheezing, and asthma attacks in those with allergies are exacerbated by the presence of dampness and mold. In addition, typical daily household activities including washing and cooking produce water vapor. To remove this moisture from the air, it is necessary for suitable ventilation.
It is recommended to keep the humidity in your home between 35 and 55 percent. It is simple to achieve this with a few dehumidifying tips.
- Run exhaust fans in bathrooms to remove moisture and other unwanted odors.
- Assure that your central air conditioner drain is not closed and is properly working.
- Ensure that vents exhaust air into the outdoors and not into your home.
- Fix all leaks and remove any mold growth and damage.
- Empty and clean evaporator trays in refrigerators, air conditioners, and dehumidifiers regularly.
Regular Cleaning and Maintenance is Key for Clean, Breathable Air
Routine vacuuming and mopping can decrease pollen, dust mites, and pet dander accumulation. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter. These filters reduce the concentration of lead in the home. It is also crucial that you select a vacuum with rotating brushes and strong suction. This will make sure that dirt and dust are not blown back out into the exhaust. Vacuum all of the high traffic areas, as well as carpet edges, walls, and upholstered furniture.
Don’t forget to mop! Mopping will gather all of the dust that vacuuming leaves behind. Pure tap water is suitable to catch all of the allergens and dust, no need for cleaners.
Test for Radon—It Could Save Your Life
This silent, lethal killer is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that occurs from the natural decay of uranium found in the soil. It generally penetrates through the ground and into your home through gaps and cracks in the foundation. Any home has the potential for a radon problem. Radon is the primary cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and the second-leading cause of lung cancer in general.
There has been a link with granite countertops and radon. While scientists conclude that granite countertops do emit a certain level of radon, they do not of detection is by testing. Testing is both easy and inexpensive. If you do have a radon situation in your home, then there are simple ways to reduce the gas to acceptable levels.
Avoid Toxic Products to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality
Consumer products including cleaning products, hair and nail products, and art supplies can increase the levels of volatile organic compounds or VOCs. The substances in VOCs have been linked to headaches, worsened asthma, eye and throat irritation, and even cancer. When you are purchasing products, look for those marked “low VOCs.” When you do have to use them, make sure to operate exhaust fans and open windows in your home.
At HeatSource, we offer a wide range of products and services that will help you keep the air in your home clean. Everyone loves pure air, and we want to ensure that you are happy, and your home is free of impurities. Call us now to learn more information, or to set up a consultation. When you call, we’re there!