We are all aware of the dangers of poor air quality and the pollutants we inhale as a result of outside emissions. Meanwhile, it’s a fact that indoor air is 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air because of the way buildings are constructed and sealed! Due to the fact that there is often a tight seal for energy efficiency and climate control, the same polluted air is recirculated throughout your home ad nauseum, especially without proper air conditioning maintenance. Despite the fact that pollutants are present, their concentrations can differ from one room to the next. Here the Air Check Mechanical Service team is here to tell you about the pollutants that are hiding in your home, as well as where you can look for them.
Garages are often used as storage areas for a variety of things, and this is especially true for indoor air pollutants. In addition to carbon monoxide and other toxic gases from machinery such as lawnmowers, garages also contain solvents, pesticides, herbicides, dust, paint, and cleaning agents. It is critical to remember not to leave your car running while it is parked in your garage with the door closed, to thoroughly air out your garage, and, if at all possible, to install garage ventilation.
Many people consider the kitchen to be the heart of the home; however, cooking pollutants and bacteria lingering in the air can make it a dangerous place to be. Gas, wood burning, and electricity all contribute to indoor air pollution, regardless of the method of heating and cooking used to create it. Carbon monoxide and formaldehyde can be produced by natural gas and propane stoves, which can be harmful to family members and household pets.
Attics can contain a significant amount of pollutants, despite the fact that they tend to often be a relatively unused part of the house. If your home was constructed prior to the 1980s, you additionally may be at risk of asbestos exposure in your home. Insulation in your attic space, whether finished or unfinished, can contain dangerous levels of asbestos and fiberglass. An unfinished attic increases the exposure to these air pollutants, as well as to dust and dust mites because it is not sealed off.
Bedrooms, like many other rooms, tend to be a breeding ground for dust, dust mites, pet hair, and dander. It is critical to remember to dust off surfaces, fan blades, and blinds on a regular basis in all rooms of the house. Vacuuming on a regular basis is a simple solution for removing the buildup of dust, pet hair, and dander in your home. Be aware that carbon dioxide levels can increase significantly in unventilated bedrooms, particularly during the night when the doors and windows are closed, and this is especially true if there is more than one occupant.
Within every home, bathrooms are a naturally humid and moist environment. Mold thrives in this environment, which can be found in showers and sinks throughout the home. It is critical to clean your bathroom on a regular basis with products such as vinegar to avoid the growth of additional mold spores. In order to ensure adequate ventilation while using the bathroom, it is recommended that you turn on your exhaust fan while doing so. Aerosols from sprays and personal care products are among the other pollutants that can be found in bathrooms.
Keeping a Home Office
Working from home still an option for you? VOCs (volatile organic compounds) are used in the manufacture of a large proportion of home office furniture (VOC). VOCs are gases that are emitted by certain solids or liquids when they are broken down. There are also a variety of chemicals in VOCs that have been linked to a variety of short and long-term health problems. If you are concerned about the levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in your home, contact our team today to schedule a FREE Indoor Air Quality Evaluation!
Installation of air filtration systems, air purifiers, and duct cleaning can significantly improve the indoor air quality of your home, regardless of the room in which it is located! This season, take advantage of a FREE indoor air quality evaluation to give your home the refresh it deserves.