May is Clean Air Month! This campaign was started to educate people about air quality and the impact it has on our lives. During Clean Air month the goal is to encourage people to make steps to improve air quality. There are many consequences of poor air quality to our health as well as to the Earth.
At Northeast Property Restoration all of the services that we perform are aimed to help improve your homes air quality and better your health. Below we will discuss how to improve the quality of air within your home.
Indoor air can be even more polluted than the air outdoors. I know it sounds crazy right?! But it can be true.
It is difficult to know what is in your homes air. In fact, the indoor air you breathe can be hazardous to your health.
Don’t let the air in your home threaten your family’s health!
There are many ways you can keep pollution out of your property. To start, conduct a home walk-through.
The questions below will help you determine if you have poor air quality.
*An Environmental Hygienist can also be called upon to conduct air quality testing. Their report will provide accurate findings on whats in the air you breathe.
Potential sources of poor air quality can be the following:
Is anyone smoking indoors? If so, eliminate this immediately.
Can you see visible mold, or smell mildew?
Check your humidity. If it is above 50% need to lower it ASAP. Your home should have at least one dehumidifier.
Check for leaks. If there are leaks or standing water get them addressed and fixed.
Make sure chemicals, paints, or solvents are stored correctly.
Have your carpets cleaned to remove dust and dander.
Get your HVAC system serviced and cleaned.
Air refreshing devices could be causing more harm then good with the chemicals they omit.
Keep your garbage cans covered and dispose of regularly.
Be very careful when spraying pesticides or avoid all together.
Have your home tested for radon and make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector.
Make sure all fuel-burning appliances are properly vented outdoors and are regularly serviced.
Use exhaust fans in your bathrooms and kitchen.
Make sure gas, propane, wood or other combustion appliances vent outside.
Vent clothes dryers to the outdoors.
Test your home for radon. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer.
Use a dehumidifier if your moisture levels are above 50%.
When not enough air circulates, pollution builds up indoors.
Carbon monoxide can build up to deadly levels indoors without proper ventilation.
High humidity outside can make indoor air more humid, thus allowing the potential for mold growth.
Sometimes it is good to let in the fresh air. Open windows and doors to help remove potential pollutants.
However, don’t leave them open for long periods of time. Windows left open for too long could end up harming the indoor air quality.
At Northeast Property Restoration we provide services for mold, water, and fire disasters. All of these disastrous situations are detrimental to your homes air.
First, contaminated areas need to be assessed and removed if unable to be properly cleaned.
Next, the air within that affected area needs to be cleaned so it doesn’t affect your health.
An air scrubber is used in all of these property disasters to scrub and clean the air.
Without proper cleanup and the use of professional equipment, your homes air quality will be polluted.
Have you ever wondered about the state of your city’s air?
Check out the link below to check the air quality in your city and you can check the quality of others.
State of the Air https://www.lung.org/our-initiatives/healthy-air/sota/