Did you know that indoor air contributes more to health problems than outside smog? Modern-day Americans spend more time indoors than most other countries and previous generations. On top of that, most homes, buildings and schools are airtight, trapping contaminants inside. Don’t worry, though. You can take action to diagnose and treat the air inside your home. Here are the top ways to get started today:
Put the Damper on Dust
When dust gets kicked up into the air, it settles on shelves and other horizontal surfaces as it floats back down. Cleaning your carpet isn’t enough. One of the best things you can do is eliminate horizontal surfaces in the room which you spend a third of your life, the bedroom. Move out TV stands, bookshelves, cabinets and anything else that doesn’t need to be there. Likewise, consider keeping a dehumidifier in the bedroom as dust mites die without enough moisture in the air.
Mold is a fungus that thrives on water and darkness. Once it begins growing, it can spread and become airborne. Some forms are even deadly when breathed for too long. To check for mold, look in the places where water flows or may leak. The two most common causes are water leaks from bad plumbing or a damaged roof. Look below plumbing pipes with a flashlight to inspect. Likewise, check the corners of the house, ceiling and attic for signs of water leaks. Most mold has a very dark color. You can treat it by dowsing it with bleach. If you suspect the strain might be deadly, then call a professional.
Put Pet Hair in its Place
Even if you don’t own pets, your home will most likely have pet hair circulating in the air. That’s because pet dander clings to clothes and rubs off at common areas at work places and schools. You can carry home dander from the pets of other people very easily. To keep pet problems in their place, always keep a fresh air filter on your HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) system. Change it at least once every three months, more frequently if you have pet allergies. Also, buy the highest quality filter you can find. The top brands will filter most bacteria too.
Clean Out the Chemicals
Chemicals from paint, cleaning products, wallpaper and more abound inside every home. Some of the most dangerous are carbon monoxide, radon gas and nitrogen dioxide. Unfortunately, there’s no way you can visually inspect for chemicals. Carbon monoxide, for example, can’t even be detected by smell. Special equipment is needed. If you suspect chemicals are causing a concern in your health, then you’ll need the help of a professional. The treatment is usually to install high quality air purifiers. The air purifier can strain out many more contaminants than your HVAC system, and some even strain out viruses.
Senica Air in Tampa, FL
For 20 years, Senica Air has been serving Tampa, FL, and surrounding communities. Our professionally trained technicians can help you diagnose indoor air quality problems. Call us today to schedule an appointment.