October 21, 2021
IMPROVE YOUR INDOOR AIR QUALITY
Purifying the Air in Your Home
The good news is a winterized home keeps out the Colorado wind and cold. The bad news is it may be sealing in common indoor pollutants. In fact, research indicates that interior air may be more polluted than outdoor air, even in major cities. Indoor pollutants can damage your home and lead to serious health problems.
With regular, simple maintenance and procedures, you can keep your indoor air fresh as the outdoors – actually, fresher! By maintaining a clean, well-ventilated home, you’ll limit the damage indoor pollutants can cause. Here are some indoor air quality solutions so everyone can breathe easy in your home.
10 Indoor Air Care Tips for Your Home
Improving the air in your home takes more awareness than work. Here are our best suggestions on where to start.
- Ventilate gas.
Use exhaust fans in the kitchen and with your dryer. Gas appliances may emit carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide. Unvented gas stoves can release formaldehyde. Warning: A persistent, yellow-tipped flame usually indicates pollutant emissions from stove burners and space heaters. Have the burner adjusted so the flame tip is blue.
- No smoking.
Don’t smoke indoors. We all know the risks associated with smoking. If you do smoke, go outdoors. It’ll clear the air of the smell and yellow dinge left by tobacco smoke, not to mention make your home environment more pleasant. Thirdhand smoke is a serious health risk that can linger in your home long after your last puff.
- Control bathroom moisture.
Mold and mildew can cause significant damage in your home, and they come with their own set of health issues. Use a bathroom fan during and after your shower to keep your bathroom dry.
- Clean vents and change filters.
Have your central air conditioning and heating ducts inspected yearly. Ducts can be a breeding ground for contaminants and dust if they aren’t properly maintained. Change furnace filters at least every other month to increase the life and efficiency of your heater and to enjoy better air quality.
- Inspect plumbing.
Have your plumbing regularly looked at by a professional. Leaking water often means mold and mildew, not to mention wasted water… and it can happen in so many places.
- Dehumidify your basement.
Basements are another place where mold and mildew can grow unchecked. Also, clean and disinfect your basement floor drain regularly.
- Clean your humidifier.
Bacteria love moisture. If you use an in-home humidifier, give it a regular cleaning to keep it from becoming a breeding ground for bacteria.
- Ventilate your attic and crawl spaces.
You’ll help prevent moisture build-up and give old air a place to escape.
- Don’t idle your car.
Cars are a major carbon monoxide producer. Don’t let them run in your garage.
- Periodic indoor air quality testing.
A heating/cooling specialist can check for mold, carbon monoxide, radon and anything unique to your region or neighborhood. It’s a small price to pay and you’ll breathe a lot easier!
Your Denver and Boulder Indoor Air Professionals
Contact Applewood with any concerns about your home’s air. We are your Colorado home experts providing indoor air quality services including HVAC, air conditioning and home humidifier installation and repair.