We don’t always pay enough attention to indoor air quality, focusing more on protecting ourselves from outside air pollution. But pollutants can emitted from inside the home. Dust, mold and chemicals released from fabrics or building materials are contributing to potentially hazardous conditions for your health. Indoor air quality is something you have more control over than outdoor air. Since home is where we spend half of our time, keeping it fresh and clean is essential.
Health problems associated to poor indoor air quality
Poor indoor air quality can potentially provoke headaches, fatigue, sneezing, sore throat, trigger allergies and worsen asthma symptoms. Since most indoor pollutants are tiny particles, they are breathed in and contribute to respiratory problems. If ignored, poor indoor air quality can result in more severe health conditions.
Air contaminants are found in almost everything we may have or use in the house. From cleaning products to air fresheners (ironically), and in VOC paints and varnishes, formaldehyde found in building materials, furniture, carpets and fabrics, indoor air quality is compromised on a daily basis.Biological contaminants that can come from outside or inside such as mold, dust mite, insects particles.
Burning by-products coming from tobacco products, fireplaces and woodstoves, and even exhaust fumes coming from the garage.
Formaldehyde and asbestos coming from synthetic fabrics and degrading building materials.
Solutions to improve indoor air quality
Of course cleanliness is always a very good way to keep good air quality in your home : sweeping, mopping, dusting and vacuuming will reduce dust particles in the air. Household products tend to contain a lot of chemicals that are just as dangerous as what they are supposed to clean. You may want to look at switching to natural products (or use good old white vinegar). A new generation of cleaning rags and mops (e-cloth) made of microfibers is even promising outstanding efficiency by using only water.
But what will help you the most is going back to the source of the problem to improve indoor air quality.
Optimize the airflow. A good ventilation system allows more air coming from outside especially when cooking or using chemicals such as paint.
If you notice excessive dust or traces of mold, you may want to check that your HVAC system is not in need of maintenance or replacement. Regularly replace furnace filters.
Air cleaners remove particles, gases and odors from the air, so that’s an option to consider, especially for bedrooms.
We know the negative impact on our health of toxic building materials. A contractor can determine which, if any, building materials are emitting toxic chemicals (think lead paint or insulation) in your home and offer professional solutions for safe removal and replacement.
Good indoor air quality is essential to health and comfort. You can of course decorate your home with indoor plants to renew the oxygen in the air. Just make sure you keep as little harmful sources as possible. Paint, particle boards, flooring… Maybe it’s time to think about remodeling.
As a full-service construction and remodeling company in San Diego, Collom Construction possesses the resources necessary for a successful project. They deliver products of quality craftsmanship and work with you to meet your needs and respect your budget.
Give them a call today to set up an appointment for a free quote.