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Indoor Air Quality and Why it Matters More than Ever

Families spend a lot of their time indoors for many reasons. The air we breathe indoors may seem less polluted than the air outdoors but sometimes that may not be the case. Depending on where you live, the habits of the inhabitants of your home, the quality of the construction in your home, and even where you store things can contribute to the quality of the air in your home. Today we reveal some things that effect indoor air quality and how you may change behaviors so that air quality in your home is the best it can be.

Habits You Can Change

We like to make things we use very often accessible and easy to get to. However, if our garbage, pesticides, cleansers or any solvents are easily accessible that means air can get to them. And that air can circulate back into your home. That air is what you breathe and can frequently become contaminated by what you put in the garbage, any pesticide you use (such as ant spray or spider spray) and will remain there long after you remove the garbage. Many people like to use heavy duty cleaners or solvents to get rid of dangerous bacteria in their home; but this can also be dangerous because of the fumes they carry with them. There are alternatives to these heavy duty cleaners or solvents, often called natural alternatives. If you don’t wish to switch to the alternatives, you need to ventilate the area you clean and wear a mask when using the cleaner or solvent.

Silent Killers

There are more and more silent killers that home owners need to be aware of. Many know that carbon monoxide is undetectable to the human senses. However, there are alarms that can be installed to alert you to a leak. Another silent killer is radon. Radon does not cause physical symptoms but it is necessary to test for this dangerous gas at least once every six months. If you are buying a pre-owned home, it is a good idea to have a professional clean the carpets, as you may not be aware if the previous owners were smokers or not. Second hand smoke can linger in carpets and other upholstery. The second hand smoke that would be present could potentially trigger an attack for a severe asthmatic.

Mold and More

While you may not realize it, if your home has a somewhat musty smell in a crawlspace or basement, you may have mold or mildew. If some areas of your home have humidity regularly above 50% this can sometimes help mold and mildew grow, particularly in warm climates. Mold and mildew do effect your air quality in your home because the spores are sometimes carried on air currents. As the air moves, disturbed mold spores detach and move with it. Thus mold can spread. Mold can be potentially very dangerous to have in your home.  It is important to have a professional remove mold and mildew once you find it.

 

To improve air quality in your home, you can change some of your habits. It may include using different cleaners or solvents or using a mask while doing so. You may incorporate testing for silent killers in your seasonal home check to also check air quality. Mold also changes air quality, and once you detect it, removing it will help improve air quality as well.

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