Are you allergic to your house? Do you and your family continually have colds, trouble with asthma or other respiratory problems? Maybe it’s not so much your house, but rather the poor quality of the air that you breathe in your home. Did you know that the air quality indoors can be much worse than the outdoors sometimes in a home filled with pollutants, mold, mildew or other harmful irritants? However, there are some ways to test and analyze your indoor air quality before you end up with serious health concerns:
Central heating and air systems
One of the biggest culprits when it comes to the indoor air quality of your home is the central heating and air system. Every home has the potential of becoming unhealthy when pollutants are being pumped in from the outside and being circulated throughout the air in your home. This can happen when your home is located close to industrial areas, near other homes, roadways and busy areas of the community in which you live. Then there are other factors such as the age of the home, how long the home has gone without the central air system being vacuumed or cleaned. Over time, a central air system has a tendency to accumulate moisture and this can encourage the growth of mold and mildew which when released out in the air can be toxic to most people and pets.
Structural damage or water leakage
Taking the time to walk around your home every few months can help analyze and eliminate any possible interior air pollution problems before they get a foothold. Once a home’s structure is compromised, due to cracks in the exterior, foundation or water leaks, the internal air quality can be affected. Likewise, it’s important to make sure that the home has adequate ventilation to release trapped air in the home and increase the availability of fresh air. One way to determine this is if doors close properly and don’t cause others to slam by themselves.
Landscaping issues or natural causes
Sometimes it’s very hard to avoid indoor air pollutants due to environmental factors. If a home is located in a very tropical area, it may indicate that there will be a higher than normal chance that mold and mildew will have the opportunity to invade the internal crevices of the home. Some of these factors can be eliminated by keeping landscaping and plants to a minimum around the home, save for some shade trees to protect the home from excessive internal heat.
Many times, people introduce pollutants into their own homes that contaminate the indoor air quality. These pollutants are found in many of the major cleaning products that people use to keep their homes clean. Therefore, another factor that you may want to consider when it comes to analyzing the quality of air in your home are the cleaning products that you use everyday. Are those products made of artificial, caustic chemicals or are they made out of natural plant based cleaning components? Also, when it comes to the upkeep and cleaning of your home, are you maintaining a low level of dust and debris around the home? These are factors to consider when evaluating the indoor air quality of the home itself.
By taking a few minutes to inspect the home, you may find several reasons why the air quality has been poor. This list is just a start, but it will give you a good base for improving the indoor air quality of your home and improve the quality of life for your entire family, reducing illness and problems significantly.