Indoor Air Quality Concerns Addressed With 3 Easy Tips
Indoor air quality has become one of the biggest causes for concern homes. This is largely due to the high concentration of everyday contaminants that build up in spaces that aren’t well ventilated.
In the ongoing fight to reclaim your home’s indoor air quality, there are three big tips that can give you the upper hand.
- Determine what tests would be appropriate. Every home is different. It may not be feasible to test for each individual contaminant, like dust, chemicals from cleaners, or fumes from off-gassing carpets and building materials. Instead of VOC tests, you may want to stick with tests for the most dangerous substances, like radon, which is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. after smoking.
- Install carbon monoxide detectors. Like radon, carbon monoxide is invisible, odorless and tasteless, but it’s much more immediately dangerous. Detectors should be installed not too far from your furnace or heating system, and in at least one location on every floor. Since carbon monoxide circulates evenly throughout the whole room, detectors can be installed anywhere on the wall or ceiling.
- Reduce source contaminants as much as possible. You can’t eliminate every source, but there are steps that can improve your indoor air quality:
- Store all chemical cleaners in the garage, including pesticides, disinfectants, bathroom cleaners and more.
- Store paints, varnishes and finishes in the garage.
- To control pests, use methods that don’t involve chemicals, such as traps, bait and natural pest-repellant oils (peppermint may be effective).
- Use unscented and natural cleaning products.
- To avoid the need for chemical air fresheners, take the garbage out daily. If you do need air fresheners, choose more natural products.
- Seal up air leaks to prevent the introduction of outdoor pollutants.
Another tip is to keep your HVAC air filter cleaned so it’s more capable of capturing dust, microorganisms and other materials. For more ways to improve your indoor air quality, call Symbiont Service Corp. We’re proud to help Florida homeowners enhance the comfort and safety of their homes.
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