Air Pollution and Allergens don't only exist outside, they can also be in our homes, and impact the air we breathe, and our health.
With the world still battling COVID-19, and many of us in prolonged quarantine situations, we find ourselves home more often than not, even many months in. Our homes are where we will be spending potentially even more time, as we wait to transition back to a more normal lifestyle and anticipate the return of the colder weather.
In the meantime, we must make the best of what we have, and that includes making sure our homes have clean indoor air. Though our homes may seem safe, and we labor to keep them that way, there can often be unseen threats and air pollution that can affect our health. Such hidden indoor air pollutants may include:
- Pet Dander
- Dust Mites
All of the above can have negative health effects over time, or could exacerbate existing respiratory conditions, such as Asthma, which can account for up to 17 million doctors and hospital visits in the United States alone.
We take roughly 20,000 breaths each day, and now that we spend up to 90% of our time indoors, it's more important than ever to be wary of air pollution and keep your home's indoor air quality the best it can be.
Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Here at HomePro Match, many of our trusted contractors provide services geared towards a healthier home environment, which include:
- Indoor Air Quality Tests--A professional testing system utilizing air reading sensors. These sensors record indoor air pollutants such as carbon monoxide, pet dander, mold, methane, humidity levels and more.
- Radon Testing--Similar to an Indoor Air Quality test using sensors, a dedicated radon monitor will be placed in the home's basement or crawl space by a professional. The monitor will be left for up to two days, when the contractor will return to analyze and give you your results. If the Radon level is above 4 pCi/L then Mitigation will be necessary.
- Duct Sealing--Our ducts carry the air that we pay to heat and cool through the home, but by the nature of their construction, being made of sheet metal bolted and adhered together, there are many small gaps and cracks that can allow air out. This can also allow dirt, dust, dander and other allergens to enter, and sweep through our living spaces. Sealing these small gaps and cracks is done with a similar expanding foam as is used in air sealing, and seriously cuts down on air pollution within the home.
- Air Sealing--As with Ducts, the very nature of the construction of our homes leaves them with small gaps and cracks around certain building materials, such as masonry, piping and electrical wiring. These gaps are filled with an expansive foam that blocks the entry of outdoor contaminants and the flow of indoor allergens through the structure. An added benefit, air sealing also helps to improve energy efficiency and home comfort throughout the year.
- Air Filter Replacements--The filters can trap dust, dander, and many other allergens overtime, which can cause pesky runny noses and itchy eyes. Make sure to periodically replace these filters so you aren't recycling this polluted air around your home.
- Install a Humidifier or Dehumidifier--The humidity levels within a home can have a dramatic effect on not only the home's structure, but also the inhabitants. With proper humidity levels, breathing is easier, and the human body is more able to fight off infection--whereas with too much, the home can begin to absorb moisture in the air, and cause structural damage as well as invite a host of nasty problems like pests, mold and mildew, wood rot and more.
- Crawl Space Encapsulation--Every area of a home is connected, including your unsealed, dirt floored crawl spaces. Leaving a crawl space vented to the outdoors and potentially without a proper floor, can have a significant negative impact on the home's indoor air quality. Unencapsulated crawl spaces are common breeding grounds for mold, mildew, pests, and high radon levels.
Finding an Indoor Air Quality Contractor
While we all wait out COVID-19, keeping our homes indoor air quality healthy is important. We spend the vast majority of our time in our homes, even working from home in the interest of keeping others safe. Indoor air quality testing can help you make sure that you're also doing your best to keep yourself safe.
When it comes to finding a trusted contractor, there's always a good deal of stress involved. In these trying times, you can be assured that all our highly trained professionals are taking the proper precautions for safety; Masks, gloves, and no-contact estimates are part of our new protocol for all HomePro Match contractors. Reach out for your indoor air quality testing and all your indoor air quality concerns today!