With warmer weather arriving, now is the opportune time to focus on improving the quality of your homes air. The EPA estimates that as many as 15% of Americans are allergic to their own homes.
Perform these 5 tasks to improve the overall quality of your home air, additionally reducing allergy and asthma symptoms:
Task #1 Get Your Home Air Tested
Identify any potential indoor air threats by having your air quality tested. Once you know which potential pollutants are present in your home, you can assess the threat level and make plans for remediation. There are hundreds of possible biological and chemical pollutants that may be present in your home. Knowledge is your best defense against these silent but serious threats.
Task #2 Protect Your Home from Mold
Water damage is the #1 cause of mold growth. As the weather warms the snow begins to melt and a wet rainy weather pattern takes over. It is important to inspect your home for any signs of water damage and mold growth. Call out an HVAC professional to inspect your air conditioning unit and the ductwork of your ventilation system if you detect a musty odor and can not find any signs of water damage.
Task #3 Reduce Common Household Allergens
Pet dander, pollen, and dust mites are the most common indoor air allergens. Luckily, you can reduce the amount of these particles by thoroughly cleaning your home on a regular basis. Dust your home with a microfiber cloth designed to trap particles that have accumulated on surfaces. Vacuum all surfaces regularly with a HEPA filtered model.
Task #4 Get Rid of Carpeting
Carpeting allows high levels of allergens to accumulate even when you vacuum your home regularly. Carpet fibers and adhesives also contain high levels of chemical airborne pollutants such as formaldehyde. To significantly reduce allergy and asthma symptoms, get rid of your carpeting and opt for an eco friendly flooring option that does not require harsh chemical adhesives for installation.
Task #5 Usher Fresh Air Indoors
As soon as temperatures allow, open up the windows and doors and let fresh air inside. Turn on ceiling fans to air out your home and get rid of stale, chemically dirty winter air. Adequate air circulation will reduce the amount of indoor air pollutants and allergens. Consider purchasing an air purifier and/or some houseplants to see additional improvement of your indoor air quality.