If you have household members who are sensitive to indoor air pollution or have vulnerable immune systems, you need to use both medical advice and air quality testing to keep your home safe. Once you know what exacerbates a health condition, you can start making adjustments that improve your indoor environment. Depending on what mold testing in Pitkin County, CO and other services reveal, here are five improvements you can make to improve your air quality:
- Improve your crawl space: Your crawl space attracts several dangerous elements. Radon, which arises from uranium breakdown in the soil, is dangerous when it accumulates inside. Crawl spaces may also contain high humidity levels and moisture, which develops mold. While you may consider your crawl space separated off from your home, mold spores and radon can still seep into your home through floor and wall cracks. If your crawl space or basement lacks a permanent floor, you will want to hire a contractor to seal it. Otherwise, the elements it breeds will enter your home uncontrolled.
- Place mats in front of your door: Even if you keep a clean home, visitors may bring irritants in with them. Dirt and pesticides are common travelers, and people can track them around your home on their shoes. Keep a large floor mat at every door that goes outside. That will reduce the number of irritants from those who stop by. A “no shoes” policy is also a prudent plan, especially if your household includes an asthma or allergy sufferer.
- Establish a house cleaning routine: Sometimes, you just need to clean more frequently than usual. Using a vacuum cleaner with good suction and a HEPA filter works well for reducing allergens and improving air quality. Dusting is also important, since dust mites and pet dander do not just hang out in the carpet. Spring and summer produce more allergens, so you may need to clean more frequently during those seasons than you do in late fall or winter.
- Control humidity: A healthy humidity level in your home ranges between 30 and 50 percent. When you let it rise beyond that range, you risk attracting mold and dust mites. Using a dehumidifier in winter and an air conditioner in the summer keeps humidity under control. Other steps you can take include venting your clothes dryer outside, cracking a window while bathing or running the dishwasher and fixing leaky plumbing as you discover it. If your window air conditioner or dehumidifier has drip pans, empty those frequently.
- Ventilate basements and attics: Good ventilation reduces the build-up of radon and mold. In your basement, it allows radon to escape rather than build up inside. For attics, it reduces your chances of facing a mold problem. You can often discover your ventilation shortcomings through air quality tests. Also, if you discover a mold problem anywhere in your home, improve ventilation in those spaces, as well as invest in mold remediation.
If you need indoor air or mold testing in Pitkin County, CO call HealthSafe Inspections Inc. today.
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