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We often may not think about the air quality in our homes, but the truth is, low air quality can have more of an effect than you think! We all want our homes to be clean and safe for our families, so read on if you have questions about air quality or concerns for your home.
Factors can range from problems within the home, pollution from outside, low quality building material or craftmanship as well as heating/cooling and appliances. The effects of poor air quality can be linked to asthma, fatigue, and lung disease and can be experienced soon after exposure or even years later! Some health effects may show up as irritated eyes, nose, throat, headaches, dizziness and fatigue. The idea of long term effects are scary to think about – and can include things like respiratory disease, heart disease or cancer. That’s why it’s really important and prudent to monitor your home’s air quality and try to improve it continuously.
Here are some things you can do to cut down on potential air quality issues AND some things you can do if you feel you have an issue.
Contact a Professional
One of the fastest ways to determine if you have an air quality issue, is to contact a professional, like Nash Everett, to have them assess your home’s unique situation.
Nash Everett can complete a Healthy Home Evaluation when you need answers. If you’re reading this article, it’s likely because you have questions or concerns.
Go to the experts if you are concerned! They can evaluate the exterior and interior, room by room and you’ll get a written report with potential and existing issues, as well as how to fix them.
No problem is too big – they do mold remediation/removal, moisture management (wet basement??!), ventilation, duct cleaning and indoor health assessments.
A professional can advise you on what steps to take, or you can look into doing these things as prevention:
Good airflow is helpful in ensuring GOOD air quality. It removes stale air and brings in fresh air. Open the windows and doors and rejuvenate the air – if you live in an area that this will work well in. Pick a time of day that will work better if you live in a city (not during rush hour, etc). Ventilators will also help air flow from the outside through a filter to the inside. Kitchens are common places for these types of ventilators.
Keep AC Clean
Air conditioners can help improve air quality, but you have to keep it clean and maintain filters.
Keep Clothes and Sheets Clean
Regular cleaning of these items cuts down on dust mites. Dust mites are a cause of dust mites that can irritate your nose and throat and leave you feeling sick. They can linger in bedding, cushions, curtains. So you must clean these items regularly. If you have pets, don’t allow them on beds and so fast to minimize the build up of their hair.
Use Beeswax Candles
These types of candles actually have air purifying qualities! Who knew? They release negative ions Pollen, dust, dirt, etc carry a positive charge, so when a beeswax candles releases negative ions, they cause the pollutant to fall from suspension. Not only that, but they smell and look great too!
Bamboo, Ivy, and other houseplants can really help you remove toxins from the air in your home. They also provide oxygen. Not all plants are created equal! You’ll want to look for Bamboo Palm, English Ivy, Gerbera Daisy, Draceana, Mass Cane/Corn Plant. These will give you the best effects for improving air quality.
Some furniture items are made with poor quality items, or glues, that can release toxins. Check your furniture carefully and try to avoid furniture made from particle board.
Renovating? Go Green!
Make good decisions on renovating – choose items and natural options that will result in better quality air for your home. Think paints, flooring, carpet materials, etc.
Use natural cleaning products – even lemon and vinegar can have amazing cleaning abilities and you’re not leaving a chemical footprint behind on your home! Keep your home clean and rid of dust so that your air quality will be better off right off the bat. If you have house cleaners, monitor what products they are using and where.
Remember that if you think you have an air quality problem, contact a seasoned professional like Nash Everett to assess and help you remedy