Menards Home Improvement Topic: "Air Quality"

Posted at 9:24 AM, Mar 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-30 10:34:21-04

Many people believe that all the toxins and pollutants are in the outdoor atmosphere. But studies show that the air we breathe indoors can be up to five times more contaminated than the air outside. On average a human spends 90% of their time indoors and most of that is in their own home. Because of this it is very important to test and see what is being breathed in.

Look for the signs
 Construction, renovations or manufacturing can release a number of chemicals and particles in the air
 Neighbors can also bring chemicals into your neighborhood
 Health Symptoms – If you notice that you are having symptoms similar to the below, but only when you are in your home and not when you are away
o Allergies
o New or Unusual Conditions
o Breathing Issues
 Unusual odors
 Dust and other abnormal build-up
 Inconsistencies in your home such as temperature, mugginess or dryness in your air

How to Check
 Look at the environment around the area you live
 Check your home, sometimes there are signs that are easy to point out or sometimes you will find inconsistencies that you are not used to
 If you’re unsure there are many different types of test kits and they are simple and easy to use, such as: o Allergen, Mold, Asbestos, Carbon Monoxide, Radon, Lead

How to Prevent

Ventilation – Ventilation is very important. With improper ventilation chemicals that shouldn’t be inhaled will linger in the air. When cleaning or doing activities that cause high-level pollutants, make sure there is good air flow. Opening windows or doors, using ceiling fans or bath fans, or even running a window air conditioner can help the quality of the air in your home.

Filters – Air Conditioners, furnaces and HVAC filters should be changed out every month or two for clean quality air. If you have pets or live in a high-pollen area you may want to change it out more frequently or buy certain filters.

Devices to help Air Quality –
 Humidifier/Dehumidifier – Depending on your home, having one of these can help with the mugginess or dryness of your air.
 Air Purifier – These filter out dirty air and put clean air back into your home.
 Bath Fans – Your bathroom is a key place for humidity, with a bath fan this can help prevent mold and mildew damage.

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