With lots of exciting new recipes and fresh ingredients on hand, now is a great time to start cooking up a storm! While you may try to avoid lots of smoky recipes while cooking indoors, it’s good to know how all that cooking can impact the air quality of your home.
Household air can contain a number of harmful contaminants, including mold, pollen, pet dander, household chemicals, and even dangerous gases like radon and carbon monoxide. Mold can invade the air when there are moisture issues in the home, while allergens like pollen and pet dander stick around when indoor air is not being adequately filtered. Radon, meanwhile, can enter your home through cracks in the foundation or even through the water supply, while carbon monoxide can infiltrate your home as a result of malfunctioning combustion appliances.
Airborne contaminants like cooking exhaust or smoke often go unnoticed, so it’s important to do what you can to eliminate them. For better indoor air quality, we recommend two IAQ solutions: air purification and the installation of exhaust fans.
An air purification system works together with your heating and air conditioning systems to filter indoor air before it is circulated throughout your home. The air purification system we install uses a three-step process to eliminate three types of contaminants from the air: airborne particles, germs and bacteria, and chemical odors and vapors.
Exhaust fans work by removing unwanted odors, moisture, smoke and other pollutants in the air. When steam and moisture are in the air, it can cause mold to develop. When you utilize an exhaust fan, the steam is released outside, which helps you control mold in your home. Exhaust fans are also help keep your furniture and other belongings safe and in great condition. When air is not ventilated properly, it can cause furniture to warp or rot.
Homes that are not ventilated properly can create health concerns. Asthma is one major health issue that can be exacerbated due to improper ventilating in your house – you don’t want those cooking byproducts like smoke and odor particles left behind in your air. A home with degraded indoor air quality also can trigger or aggravate allergies.
Do yourself and your home a favor – cook up a plan to clean that indoor air by calling Sobieski today!
When the holidays roll around, making sure your guests are comfortable is high on your list. Some of the things that can hinder a nice visit are clogged toilets, running out of hot water, and broken garbage disposals.
The best way to prevent plumbing problems for the holidays is by scheduling a plumbing tune-up from a certified professional. Contact Sobieski for comprehensive plumbing tune-ups and 24/7 emergency service in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.
Get Your Bathroom Ready
Residential toilets are pretty simple, but there are a number of problems that could arise. Whether it’s a slight leak or a more serious issue, it’s important to fix the problem before your guests arrive. If you cannot fix the toilet yourself, contact a plumber right way to prevent future damage and avoid a plumbing disaster.
Maintain Your Drains
You can try to clear your drains with plungers, drain snakes, and a combination of ½ cup baking soda to ¼ cup white vinegar, but sometimes clogs require the services of a professional plumber.
To help prevent drain clogs, we recommend using mesh strainers for every shower, tub, and kitchen drain in your home. Strainers can prevent foreign or unwanted items from going down your drains, including hair, food, and even cotton balls and Q-tips (not to mention the occasional toy or Lego piece).
Make Sure Water Heater Can Handle the Extra Load
You don’t want your guests to expect a nice, warm and toasty shower, only to be jolted by a strong burst of ice-cold water. If your home needs an inspection of your existing hot water heater system, the trained professionals at Sobieski can help.
If your hot water heater isn’t working efficiently, there are newer hot water heaters available that offer larger tanks, as well as offering outstanding energy efficiency to help save on your energy bills. One of the newer advancements is a tankless hot water heater that can provide instant hot water without the wait for traditional water heaters.
Have the professionals at Sobieski Services inspect your water heater before the holidays to help you plan for the extra guests and strain on your water heating system.