Indoor air quality (IAQ) is essential for your overall well-being. This type of air quality refers to the quality of air in buildings and structures, including homes. According to the EPA, indoor air is typically two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. Since most people spend more time indoors than outdoors, that statistic raises some concerns about how to positively increase indoor air quality. Here’s what you need to know about three common indoor air quality issues and what you can do to resolve them.
Foul odors are the most difficult to resolve because there could be a variety of situations that can cause these odors to occur in your home. Some odors are easier to ignore than others, but try to pay attention to them because they can be an indication of a serious underlying issue, such as harmful contaminants that can cause major problems in the future. When you smell strange odors, make a note of where you are when you notice the odor, describe how it smells, and write down any recent changes you’ve made in your home or business, such as new furniture or carpet installation. We can use this essential information to pinpoint the problem and correct it.
Mold thrives in dark and damp locations. The presence of mold in your home or business causes a musty odor to linger in the air. Mold exposure in any environment can cause a variety of symptoms. There are three levels of mold exposure.
Early exposure (Level 1) symptoms to mold include skin redness and rashes and eye irritation. Advanced exposure (Level 2) can cause breathing and nervous system disorders, chronic fatigue, and a variety of other health concerns. Long-Term Exposure (Level 3) exposure to mold can result in blindness, long-term memory loss, kidney failure, liver disease, and other serious health diseases.
There’s a difference between mold and mildew. Mildew is found on the surface of items and appears white and gray. Mold can grow anywhere. It can have a fuzzy texture or be slimy, and it can be green or black in appearance. Mold is a type of fungus that’s often the result of a major infestation. Although you can remove mold from different areas of your home or place of business using a 1/2-cup of bleach and warm water, there are some places you won’t be able to reach. The NATE-certified technicians here at [company name] have special tools to eliminate the growth of mold and help you maintain clean air in your home or business.
3. Inadequate Fresh Air
Inadequate fresh air can make the air in your home or business feel muggy or “heavy.” A lack of fresh air can create a stale odor in your home, which can stain your clothing and other items. Inadequate fresh air can be a result of carpet fumes from newly installed carpet, air pollution due to household cleaning supplies, poor ventilation, and more.
You can improve the air quality in your home or establishment by opening the windows and allowing fresh air to circulate. You can also improve ventilation and invest in natural air purifiers, such as salt lamps. Using air fresheners will only mask the smell instead of correcting the issue. Aerosol air fresheners mask the odor and add to the indoor air pollution in your home. With more air pollution, your HVAC system’s filters have to work harder to purify the air in your home, which leads to frequent replacement of the filters and increased costs.
Indoor Air Pollution and Your Health
Indoor air pollution has short-term and long-term effects on your health. The short-term health effects of indoor air pollution include irritation of the nose, throat, and eyes, fatigue, and dizziness. If you have current health conditions, such as asthma, your symptoms can be more severe than someone who doesn’t have an underlying condition.
The long-term health effects of indoor air pollution include the development of respiratory diseases, cancer, and heart disease. Some of these long-term effects can be debilitating and sometimes fatal. At [company name], we can help you keep your family and employees safe by removing pollutants and allergens from the air.
Sources of Indoor Air Pollutants
Sources of indoor air pollutants can include but are not limited to:
- Tobaco products
- Fuel-burning combustion appliances
- Furnishings and building materials (carpet, flooring, upholstery)
- Excess moisture
- Outside sources (pesticides, radon, outdoor air pollution)
- Second-hand smoke
- Pet dander
Ways to Reduce Indoor Air Pollution
Improving your indoor air quality improves your overall health, so it’s a good idea to keep the air in your home or establishment as clean as possible. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to reduce indoor air pollution.
Determine Which Pollutants Are Present
Before you can start cleaning the air, you need to know which pollutants are present. Some pollutants require different removal techniques. We can help you determine which pollutants are invading your home and remove them safely and effectively.
Dust is a primary source of air pollution due to its absorbency properties. Dust absorbs radon, toxic gases, volatile compounds (VOCs), dust mites, and other debris. When you vacuum, vacuum slowly so you can capture the most dust. You should vacuum at least twice a week, and as frequently as three to four times a week if you have pets.
Replace the Air Filters
Dirty or damaged AC or furnace filters won’t be as effective as they should. Your filter replacement schedule depends on the type of filter you have, the size of your home or business as well as if you live in a polluted area or have pets or allergies. Fiberglass filters are a budget-friendly option that need replacing every 30 days. Pleated air filters are the more expensive option, and they last between three and six months. If you have underlying health conditions, such as asthma, your filters will need to be replaced more frequently.
Getting Help From the Professionals
Improving your indoor air quality can be more of a challenge than you expected, but no job is too big or too small for us here at [company name]. We’re committed to finding the culprit of your poor indoor air quality and making the necessary repairs or installations to correct the issue. Your home is one place where you should be comfortable and able to relax.
At [company name], we help make sure your home remains your perfect utopia. Contact us today to learn more about our indoor air quality services or to schedule an appointment. In addition to offering IAQ solutions, we also offer heating and cooling repair, maintenance and installation as well as duct cleaning. You can also count on us for a wide range of plumbing services such as drain repair and cleaning, waterline detection and replacement, and water heater installation, repair, and maintenance to name a few. We look forward to helping you make your Randallstown home a healthy place to live and making your business a healthy place to work.