Allergens, bacteria, dust, mold and even poisonous gas are regularly present in our homes, and most of us aren't aware of it. What's more, in wintertime, when houses are often closed, these pollutants build up. What can we do to get rid of and prevent indoor air pollution?
In our region, it's warm enough in winter to open up the windows now and then and get some ventilation by letting fresh air in and pollutants out. But there are a number of other things we can do to control and prevent indoor air pollution as well.
Pollutants and Their Remedies
- Dust aggravates allergies, so vacuum regularly with a high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter to get rid of the dust people and pets bring in on shoes and clothing. Use a damp mop or cloth to remove dust on smooth surfaces.
- An air cleaner or purifier may also be helpful for cleaning up certain types of indoor air pollution, as can better quality air filters for your HVAC system.
- Dust mites are another problematic allergen. These microscopic creatures flourish in mattresses, linens and upholstery, and their feces can cause allergic reactions. Wash linens in hot water, and vacuum upholstery regularly.
- Radon is a natural-occurring gas found beneath many homes. It enters the house and sometimes can build up to dangerous levels. You should have your home tested for radon, and hire an expert to handle any dangerous buildup.
- Mold and mildew can aggravate respiratory problems. Found around leaks, and wherever there's moisture buildup, mold can be prevented by fixing leaks and installing exhaust fans that send moisture outdoors.
- Use a carbon monoxide (CO) detector to determine if you have too much of this dangerous gas leaking from the gas furnace, gas stove or gas-powered water heater.
- Avoid volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are gases given off by paint, cleaning products, furniture, carpet, pressed wood and varnish. Instead, buy products that are manufactured using fewer or no toxins.
For more information on how to prevent indoor air pollution, contact us at 866-797-1535. We proudly serve the Beaumont and Port Arthur areas