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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. While the air we breathe inside seems less polluted than the air outside, that may not always be the case. There are many factors that contribute to the quality of the air in your home. These factors include the location of your home, your habits, the quality of the construction of your home, and even where you store things. Today we address how your indoor air quality is effected, and how changing some of your behaviors at home can improve the quality of air.

Habits You Can Change

As creatures of habit, we like to make the things we use often, accessible and easy to get to. However, making our garbage, pesticides, cleansers, or any solvents easily accessible means the air around them could be contaminated. The air around these chemicals, circulates back into your home, and you breathe it in. Moreover, the chemicals and pollutants remain in the air long after you remove the contaminants.  Perhaps, like many people, you prefer using heavy duty cleaners or solvents to get rid of dangerous bacteria in your home. Unfortunately, this can also be dangerous because of the fumes they carry with them. Alternatives do exist in the form of natural cleaners. If you don’t wish to switch to these alternatives, make sure you ventilate the area and wear a mask to prevent breathing in toxic fumes.

Silent Killers

Silent killers exist, that home owners need to be aware of. Most homeowners know that carbon monoxide is undetectable to the human senses. However, installed alarms alert you to any leaks. Another silent killer is radon. While radon does not cause physical symptoms, 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 lingers in carpets and other upholstery, and 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 affect 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, spreading 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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