If your home is not sealed well, then outdoor air can get inside and the air from your heater and air conditioner can escape. Huge negatives include living in an unhealthy environment and higher energy bills. For these reasons, both homeowners and commercial building owners should take steps to improve their indoor air quality. Whether you simply want to start with a thorough cleaning of your living or work space or decide to schedule an appointment for radon testing in Aspen, CO, today is always the right time to get started.
Below are five ways to reduce indoor air pollution. You will be breathing better—and enjoying healthier air—in no time:
- Ventilate your space: Activities like cooking on the stove and using aerosols, even infrequently, contribute to the release of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which are known to cause all sorts of health problems. To avoid the effects of VOCs as much as possible, turn on exhaust fans or hoods in the bathrooms and kitchen. These devices remove moisture and humidity from the air. Without proper ventilation, you risk mold and mildew growth.
- Manage mold: Mold is bad for your health and your belongings. It’s a fungus that spreads in damp environments—it thrives in areas with water damage, condensation, excess humidity or leaky pipes. Generally, mold is fond of growing on drywall, carpet, large appliances, paint, garden soil and other moistened household surfaces. In addition to the destructive nature of mold, it’s also unattractive and a big problem for people with respiratory conditions like asthma or allergies. To prevent mold growth, wipe surfaces regularly with a mild dishwashing liquid, use a dehumidifier and check appliance dip pans often.
- Prevent dust mites: Microscopic critters called mites live in dust and leave behind droppings and dead skin cells—these residues are what triggers allergies and asthma in people. If you are sensitive to dust mites, you may experience other symptoms like irritation of the throat, eyes and nose. Since dust mites love bedding, wash your linens weekly, consider using pillow and mattress covers that protect against mites and dust and vacuum your home every week.
- Get ahead of pollen: Most pollen particles are super fine, and extremely difficult to see. This powder-like substance comes from flowering plants, such as grasses, trees, weeds and flowers, and is carried by the wind through the air. The best way to eliminate pollen is to dust and vacuum regularly and use a quality HVAC air filter. When the pollen count is high, keep windows closed.
- Test your indoor air: Living with poor indoor air quality is not sustainable for your health or general wellbeing. Breathing in unhealthy air is uncomfortable, can make you sick and may even be life-threatening. For the sake of your family, consider scheduling an indoor air consultation, which may include mold and bacteria detection and radon testing in Aspen, CO.
For more information about the importance of maintaining good indoor air quality in your home or business, or to schedule a time for indoor air testing, don’t hesitate to contact the team at HealthSafe Inspections Inc.
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