Improving Indoor Air Quality: Why It’s Important
Though many homeowners are concerned about air quality in general, what many don’t realize is that the air right in your home can be much more polluted than the air outdoors. Improving indoor air quality should be on the to-do list of every homeowner.
Though you may not see it, the air in most homes contains dust, pollen, skin particles and other allergens. Families who smoke or who keep pets in the house have additional air contaminant problems to worry about. Not to mention mold spores and dust mites, which don’t just exacerbate allergies and asthma, but can also lead to numerous illnesses and general health problems. High humidity doesn’t help either. Any indoor humidity levels over 50 percent foster mold and other contaminants in the air.
Your furnace helps dehumidify your home, but it doesn’t make a dent in reducing contaminants in the air. Take care of this by changing your air filters every one to three months to make sure they continue working as efficiently as possible.
Whole House Air Purifier
Consider a whole-house air purifying system for further improvement with your indoor air quality and be sure your home has good ventilation.
Practice source control. Find and eliminate the things in your home that are causing your air quality to suffer. Don’t let anyone smoke indoors, and if you have allergy-sufferers in your home, keep pets outside.
Have your home checked for asbestos, radon and other harmful contaminants. Have your furnace and gas stove inspected also, to see if they can be adjusted to reduce their emissions.
For indoor air quality improvements, contact our experts at Sobieski Services.
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