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Indoor Air Quality Tips

You already know that having an air quality system installed is a great way to ensure that the air in your home is clean and pollutant-free all year long. However, even with a system in place, there are many things you can also do to reduce the amount of pollutants you have in your air. This will both improve your air quality and help ensure that your system runs smoothly.

Stop Indoor Smoking

One of the leading causes of indoor contamination is smoke, which can add both particulates and odor to your indoor air. The simplest way to eliminate this is to stop all smoking indoors. Along with the myriad health issues that smoke and secondhand smoke can cause, smoke can also lead to damage and discoloration of furnishings, carpets, drapes, walls and other objects in your home.

Watch Humidity Levels

Improper humidity levels can cause both structural and air quality issues. Low humidity can cause both skin and wood to crack. High humidity can lead to breathing trouble and also encourage the growth and spread of mold and bacteria. In extreme cases, it can also cause the wood in your home to warp, and damage furnishing and accents. In either situation, such air can exacerbate cold and allergy symptoms.

Properly humidified air can help solve all of these problems, as well as ensure that your air quality systems work better and more efficiently. With the proper humidity levels, your purifier will be able to better catch airborne particulates. Studies show that at 50-60% or lower humidity, dust mites will die out, and in most cases mold will not thrive in lower humidity.

Monitor Mold

Even if you watch your humidity levels, you still may have mold problems. Any place moisture gathers has a chance to accumulate mold. Not only is mold a health hazard, but it can lead to structural issues around your home, damaging wood and furnishings, drywall and other such surfaces. Mold hides in dark corners and places, and you may not even know it's in your home.

You'll want to get your home inspected to check for mold. You can reduce the chances that it will grow by placing a dehumidifier in any areas that are particularly damp, such as some cellars and basements. Also check your gutters and pipes and be sure that any leaks are taken care of, as well as any places around the walls, foundations, and roof that could let water enter the home.

Chemicals Around Your Home

When looking to reduce the amount of contaminants entering the air of your home, you may not realize that many everyday products and even materials used to construct your home could be contributing. Cleaning products, personal care items, and even air fresheners can leave undesirable chemicals in the air. These can linger, and can even build up over time. Educate yourself about the chemicals that you use around the home, and invest in more natural, less harmful replacements. There are plenty available that can accomplish the same tasks without adding chemicals to the air in your home.

Another surprising potential source of contaminants in your home is your home itself. Many building materials contain compounds that can, under certain conditions, release pollutants into the air. Paint can still release fumes and gases even after the smell has dissipated. Whenever you have work done on your home, be sure that the materials being used will not contaminate your air.
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