What Do You Need to Know About Indoor Air Quality

Winter has arrived- Temperatures have plummeted north and south, and even warm locals like Florida and Arizona have temperatures that dip near freezing at night. What are the first things Smart Homeowners do to keep warm and stop wasting energy? You are searching for ways to reduce the cold air coming into your home or apartment — not only by shutting doors and windows, but by sealing key places where leakage can occur. This could involve covering gaps around doors and windows, and inserting special protection films to mitigate any cold environment that reaches your home. But when those instincts kick in, remember you are sealing air inside your home, too. Visit us on A-1 Certified Environmental Services, LLC.

But when you seal your house to increase the efficiency of your heating system, you may be surprised to learn that the air in our homes is often two to five times more polluted than the outdoor air, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

It’s also necessary to have a clean home for those without allergies or sensitive respiratory systems. Now is the best time to take some quick measures for fresher air as you close your home for the cold months ahead. Industry experts say, “Given the amount of time spent in the house, especially during winter, you should make sure your home and indoor air is as clean as possible.”

The starting point is to have a professional servicing your furnace every fall or early winter before turning it up. But even if it’s been running for a couple of months, an HVAC professional has thoroughly cleaned it from top to bottom.

Below are some tips to help keep your homes healthy and safe.

  • Remove the old filter from the furnace, vacuum the grill intake and replace the filter regularly (at least once a month). A clean filter makes the furnace operate more efficiently and releases cleaner air.
  • Often, the dust and vacuum. Consider using a vacuum with an integrated allergen or HEPA filter that allows you to clean floors and surfaces while getting less dust back into the air (from the exhaust cleaner).
  • Filter allergens by periodically replacing the filters in your vacuum, decreasing the amount of allergens and other pollutants released into the air. For starters, 3M-made “Filtrete” vacuum filters have been shown to improve vacuum durability and suction, keeping the home cleaner stuck in dust. The filters are available at many retailers, and for almost all vacuum cleaner brands and models.
  • Do this with microfibre towels and dusters while dusting. These materials produce dust that clings to the fibers, rather than simply being airborne or dropping back to the ground.
  • House Ventilate. It may seem counterintuitive, but sometimes it does let the outside air in. For a pleasant day, open the windows momentarily (even only for 5 minutes). It helps to mix indoor air with outside air , resulting in a fresher atmosphere.
  • Go smooth. Consider switching to natural and organic cleaning products which will not release hazardous chemicals or materials into the air of the home.
  • Pets regularly bathe and brush. Pets’ coats are frequently loaded with dirt and dander that scatters around the house and can contribute to poor quality indoor air. Brush and bathe the pets regularly to prevent this problem.

As you begin to learn about the hazards and prevention of Fire, Water and Mold damage in your home or business, you will understand better what steps to take to protect your family, employees, pets, personal belongings, business records, equipment , building structure, landscaping and surrounding areas.