Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality testing from Southern Pride Service

The Importance of Indoor Air Quality

The quality of air inside your home is very important for the health of you and your family. Air pollution that is the same problem in cities can be the same issues inside your home. Even though there is much effort in cleaning up the air outside, it still remains a huge problem in major health problems. The ordinary activities of cooking, cooling, heating, cleaning, and redecorating can cause the release and spread of harmful pollutants inside the home. 

Biological pollutants are living organisms that promote poor indoor air quality and may cause major cause of days lost from work, or school, and doctor or hospital visits. They travel through the air and often not seen. Common indoor biological pollutants that affect the average homeowner are animal dander, dust mites, infectious agents and pollen. These agents are in every home and are impossible to remove them all, but it isn’t impossible to prevent them from spreading. 

Biological pollutants spread in many different ways, but the two most common conditions that promote the spread is nutrients and moisture. These conditions are found in moisture rich places such as  damp basements, bathrooms, sinks, wet appliances such as humidifiers or air conditioners, carpets and furniture. Controlling the moisture level in the air of the home is essential to controlling and preventing the biological pollutants to grow.

People that suffer from asthma have to be especially cautious when it comes to indoor air quality because of their sensitive airways that can be easily irritated, making breathing especially difficult. 

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There are many ways to control the moisture in your home:

 

Covering the dirt in crawl space with plastic to prevent moisture from coming in from the ground. Ensure the crawl space is well ventilated throughout.
Use dehumidifiers and air conditioners to reduce moisture in the air and ensure they are well maintained so they aren’t the sources of biological pollutant growth.
Use exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens to remove moisture to the outside of your home. Ensure your dryer vent is also lead outdoors.
Fix any leaks that may be around the home. Ensure the water flow is running away from the home and that the house is waterproof.
Ensure that any carpet that is sitting on concrete floor isn’t absorbing moisture. Using area rugs should be considered to prevent this issue.
Moisture problems have a lot to do with particular climates and their solutions can differ.
Maintain, inspect, and clean your home comfort systems such as furnaces, heat pumps, and central air conditioners by professionals regularly, Change filters as recommended by manufacturers.