Steps to Take to Improve Indoor Air Quality in Your Entire Home
Your house is full of airborne particulates that you shouldn’t be breathing. In fact, studies show that interior air is much more polluted than outdoor air, containing pollutants like pet dander, pollen, mold, dust and dust mites, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and more. The good news is you can go from room to room and make easy changes to improve indoor air quality.
The kitchen is a haven for mold and bacteria. Moisture from the sink, refrigerator and cooking, as well as warmth from the range, can contribute to the growth of these pollutants. To combat moist conditions, install a range hood that’s vented to the outdoors. If your sink or kitchen pipes leak, have them fixed right away. Wipe down the refrigerator often, inside and out, and get rid of food before it becomes moldy. Empty the garbage can daily and scrub the sink, stove and countertops.
The bathroom is another place where mold can flourish. Fix leaks immediately, scrub the bathroom tile and shower curtain regularly, and install exhaust ventilation. If the latter isn’t possible, turn on a fan and crack a window after showering. Use mold-resistant paint on the walls.
Avoid burning wood in fireplaces and stoves to cut down on smoke and carbon monoxide. If anyone smokes in the home, insist they go outside. Vacuum carpets and upholstery frequently to get rid of dust and mites.
Before you introduce new pressed wood products or textiles into the room, air them out first to get rid of VOCs. Install a whole-house air cleaner or use a portable model to boost clean air. Use a high-quality air filter in the HVAC system to trap airborne particulates and change it often.
Wash linens frequently in hot water, and follow the tips to improve indoor air quality in the living room.
At Sobieski Services, Inc., our goal is to help educate customers in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey learn more about energy and home comfort issues – especially HVAC and plumbing issues – so that they can save money and live in healthier, more comfortable homes.
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