The 5 Best Ways to Handle and Prevent Indoor Air Pollution
Indoor air pollution can come from a number of sources, some of which you can control and some you can't. Whatever the potential source, there are ways to handle and prevent indoor air pollution.
Test for Radon
Radon is a radioactive gas that is prevalent in homes in many parts of the country, especially those with basements.
Radon is odorless and colorless, and long-term exposure can be extremely harmful. Radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.
A test for radon costs a few hundred dollars, and if high levels are found, a remediation system that pumps the radon gas out of your home will cost a few hundred dollars to more than $1,000. But the money is well worth it to protect your family.
Don't Smoke Indoors
Another lung cancer threat to non-smokers is secondhand smoke, so if you or someone else is a smoker, you should only smoke outside your home, away from open windows and doors. The chemicals in cigarette smoke seep into carpet, drapes, furniture and other things, prolonging exposure long after the smoking has stopped.
Poor ventilation is a big contributor to indoor air pollution. When you cook, make sure to run your vent hood. When you take showers or baths, run your ventilation fan in the bathroom.
If you have a fireplace, check your chimney flue regularly to make sure it's operating properly. Or, better yet, convert your wood-burning fireplace to gas. If any of your fans aren't working properly, have them fixed by a licensed HVAC technician.
Keep Your Floors Clean
Floors, especially carpeted ones, are a receptacle for dirt, odors, pet dander, dust mites and other things that can lower the quality of your indoor air.
If you have carpet, vacuum daily with a vacuum that has a HEPA filter. If you have wood or other hard-surface floors, sweep them often and mop them at least a couple of times a week.
Clean Your Vents and Change Your Filter
Even if you do everything else right to rid your home of pollution, you can be defeated by an unclean ventilation system.
Change your furnace filter each season, and have your vents inspected and cleaned if necessary at least every year by a licensed HVAC contractor.
Make sure you're breathing in the fresh air in your Soquel home. Call Bellows Plumbing, Heating & Air at (831) 477-7150, and get the experts to solve the problem.