Some sources of indoor pollution such as asbestos should be removed immediately and properly by a professional. Other sources such as gas stoves, you can adjust to decrease the amount of emissions. Please check with the manufacturer on the correct way as it can be different for many every model. Another option is you could replace your 2-stroke lawn and gardening equipment with an electric version. This type of source control is an efficient way to help improve air quality it is also a great way to decrease energy costs.
Test for and Fix Radon Levels
Radon is a colorless and odorless radioactive gas which can enter your home and can get trapped. The problem is if this gas gets trapped, long-term exposure can cause lung cancer. To test for radon is simple you can get a test kit quickly in the mail.
To find a service provider to test for radon or fix your home you can contact your state radon program who will recommend qualified professionals. Also some states offer free or discounted kits to the public, so make sure to ask.
Because Americans spend about 90 percent of time indoors, allergens play a very large role in triggering Asthma attacks. The following triggers you can eliminate right now.
Cigarettes and Second-Hand Smoke
Don’t let anyone smoke near you or your family
If you smoke – do not smoke in your car or home
Wash bedding in hot water weekly and dry completely
Use dust proof covers for mattresses and pillows
Vacuum furniture and carpets weekly
For your child, wash their stuffed toys in hot water and dry completely
Dust your home often with a damp cloth
If you are very sensitive to your carpet or fabric-covered furniture you can use a vacuum with a HEPA filter
Clean up the mold and eliminate all sources of moisture
If mold is on a hard surface, clean with soap and water then let the area dry completely
Use fans or open windows in the kitchen, in the bathroom when showering, and when cooking and washing dishes
Fix any water leak as soon as possible
Dry wet and damp things completely to prevent mold from growing
Buy a hygrometer and a dehumidifier to try and keep humidity between 30-50%
Cockroaches and Pests
All of those pesticides and insecticides you are using to treat pests are toxic. They are not only toxic to the pests they kill but they are toxic to you and your family. Keeping sinks, counters, tables and floors clean is a great use of pest management.
Keep pets outside if possible
Keep your pet outside of your bedroom
Have your pet stay off your furniture
Vacuum frequently; your carpets and furniture can hold dander
The last resort is to find your pet another home
Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2)
If you have a gas cooking stove make sure when in use you always use an exhaust fan. This stove is not an option to keep you warm or heat your house.
Gas space heaters and unvented kerosene heaters need to use the proper fuel and to keep the units adjusted the correct way. You can use an exhaust fan or crack a window when they are in use.
Outdoor Air Pollution
Your air conditioner is the best way to help filter the air coming into your home. Central Air systems are the best.
Change your air filter every 2-3 months on a regular basis.
Check your local weather report and monitor the air quality index
Schedule your outdoor activities when the air quality is better.
On high pollen days when the pollutants are high stay inside and keep the windows closed.
Remove indoor plants if they irritate you. Watering live indoor plants can increase the risk of mold in your home.
Limit outdoor activity if the asthma warning signs are high and always consult a doctor about symptoms.
If you must use a chemical product you or your child are sensitive to make sure your child is not around.
Open doors and windows or you can use an exhaust fan.
Hire a cleaning service and take everyone to a park or museum.
Always follow the instructions on product labels.
Because most HVAC units do not bring fresh air into your home it is important to replace the air instead of just recycling it; by opening windows and doors or operating attic or window fans when weather permits greatly improves your indoor air quality. It is particularly important to perform these steps if you are involved in short term activities that generate high levels of pollutants. These activities can include: painting, paint stripping, heating with kerosene heaters, cooking, or engaging in maintenance and hobby activities such as welding, soldering, or sanding.
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Overall a regular air filter subscription of our anti-microbial filters will not only be a great improvement of your air quality we make it easy to do so by send you a replacement on your schedule.