We all know that a clean home is a home that tends to be more comfortable for our peace of mind and comfort. Have you ever thought about the air quality of your home though? October is the National Indoor Air Quality Month. This is a great time to bring attention to home owners that we work with about indoor air quality and how it affects your breathing and health.
Since the 1970’s home across America have been built better and tighter to keep the cold air out in the winter months and the cool air in during the summer months. This also can cause a problem. Homes can be to “tight” or energy efficient. When air becomes stale and dirty locked in your home, it decreases the indoor air quality. Tight home syndrome has brought indoor air quality to the forefront of consideration for many home owners.
Here are some of the many factors that affect people with indoor air pollution.
1 Asthma or other health issues relating to breathing
Indoor irritants and allergens can play a pretty big role in triggering asthma attacks and other health issues according to the EPA. Dust, allergens that get trapped in your home are just blown around the room and not filtered out.
2 Does anyone have allergies?
Many Americans suffer from allergies every spring and fall and some all year round. When pollen counts are higher, routine cleaning, dusting and good ventilation can filter the pollen out of the air in your home. You might consider an indoor air exchanger to bring fresh air into your home also.
3 Does you home get dusty quickly?
If you are finding dust appear soon after you have cleaned or a professional has cleaned your home, have your local HAVC contractor check your HVAC system. You might have a problem.
Air Cleaners and Your Indoor Air
Indoor air in your home can be a problem, but there are many ways to combat those allergens or buildup of dust. One of the most effective ways to combat dust is to get an air cleaner with a HEPA filter.
Reducing the number of indoor air pollutants is the best way to help allergy sufferers. Research shows that filtration can be an effective supplement to source control and ventilation. Using a portable air purifier will help to improve the indoor air quality in your home. Here is a free guide from the EPA on indoor air quality.
Carpets and indoor air quality
Carpets are another part of your home that can contribute to bad indoor air quality. If you don’t professionally clean your carpets once a year, you can contribute to dirt, dust, and allergens staying trapped in the carpet fibers. This will also lead to indoor air pollution and pollutants spreading throughout your stale air.
At Upper Valley Cleaning we have a truck mounted professional hot water extraction system to professionally and effectively clean your carpets and leave it with less dirt, grime, dust and allergens. Give us a call for a free quote.