During the frosty winter, you will likely keep indoors to avoid the cold. However, spending more time indoors makes you more vulnerable to indoor pollutants. Here are six benefits of having an indoor air quality check during to help you weather the Illinois flu season.
Getting your indoor air quality checked by an expert is the best way to make sure the air you are breathing is as clean as possible. By ensuring that you have clean air flowing through your home, for persons with respiratory problems and allergies, you will help to lower the chances of an attack or other allergic reactions.
It is possible for some bad odors to develop in indoor areas such as basements, due to poor air flow and filtration. Areas where these odors originate are generally clammy and dim, making them ideal for mold to develop. Upgrades to indoor air quality won’t simply diminish smells in those zones; the whole indoor space can benefit, as well.
Radon can be a dangerous, unwanted guest in your home. This gas is odorless and tasteless, that is released from the soil. It can stream into structures through holes or cracks in the foundation. In the long run, it can reach dangerous levels in cellars and lower floors. Basements are generally the areas of most concern where radon is concerned.
While the EPA’s radon zone guide can give you an idea of the potential for danger in your area, air-quality testing is the best way to know for certain. DIY radon test packs are accessible online and in home improvement stores, yet the EPA recommends reaching out to your state radon office for professional advice, and some states offer free or reduced price on test kits.
It is best to be vigilant when testing for radon, and many people are choosing to keep radon detectors in their homes. The detectors can let homeowners know when radon concentrations rise above the normal indoor levels so necessary steps can be taken to protect themselves.
If it is deemed necessary, radon mitigation involves soil depressurization and mechanical ventilation by drawing in the gas from below a building and exhausting it above the roofline. The normal cost average cost of a radon reduction system is about $1,200. An indoor air quality check can test for whether or not radon is an issue in your home.
Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that was once used as a building material because of its strength, affordability, and fire-resistant properties. It came to light in the 20th century that inhaling asbestos fibers can cause lung cancer and mesothelioma, so current homes and workplaces are now built using other, safer materials.
Unfortunately, older structures may still contain asbestos, and this can put occupants at risk. A professional technician can help you determine if your home contains asbestos and can recommend safe ways to remove it.
Fungi are a big aspect of indoor air pollution, thriving in warm, muggy conditions. Mold often develops in cellars and bathrooms and can rapidly spread where there is moisture. The presence of mold can result in a variety of symptoms including nasal stuffiness, wheezing, and skin rashes.
The most ideal approach to treating mold is to tackle moisture and dampness. Keep indoor humidity levels between 30 and 50 percent, and utilize a dehumidifier to dry out the air if necessary. Pockets of mold can be expelled from hard surfaces by scouring with cleanser and water, detergent, or hydrogen peroxide. Check EPA rules for bigger-scale cleanups, and consider running an indoor air quality audit to effectively identify areas in your home where mold might be growing.
Dust, Dander, and Droppings
Mold isn’t the only organic polluter of indoor air. Many homes have to deal with the presence of rats, roaches, and other insects. Even simple pet dander and dust can be major contributors to poor indoor air quality. An indoor air quality check will help you to identify how animals and insects could be affecting your indoor air quality.
Call Roberts Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. today at 847-562-5292 to schedule your indoor air quality audit. See the difference our solutions can make in your health and comfort.
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