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Indoor Pollution

Posted on May 03, 2016
by Melissa Asplund

Within the last decade we’ve turned our environmental concerns from outdoor to indoor.  With a larger push for working out of their home to an increase in respiratory health issues, people are more concerned with what they are breathing in their own hone and how it affects them.

Our first instinct is to blame dust mites, mold, and other microbial growth, but there are 4 other major influences to the quality of our indoor air.

1. Heating and Cooling Systems

HVAC is one of the biggest offenders.  When air-conditioning cools your home, for example, it often leaves traces of water in the ducts that become the perfect breeding ground for mold and bacteria. That microbial growth can cause of respiratory issues—asthma, allergies, coughing, and headaches.  If there is dust or mold dust in the duct work, then the ducts will circulate it throughout the unit.

Having the ducts cleaned professionally every couple of years will help ensure your HVAC system is clear of any irritants to your respiratory system.

2. Indoor Leaks

Unseen leaks may be causing mold growth in your home, which can be problematic for people prone to asthma and allergically-induced breathing problems.

Check your pipes annually to ensure the pipes and the areas surrounding them are dry.  This will help ensure mold growth is kept to a minimum.

3. The Bedroom & Your Furniture

Furniture fabric and added soft goods are where dust mites live. Dust mites are microscopic bugs that thrive on the humidity and warmth provided by our bodies—and they live in every home, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. But for someone who has asthma and allergies, they can set off a reaction that is uncomfortable and debilitating.

Washing your soft goods in the laundry (hot water) or vacuuming the fabric that cannot easily be removed will help decrease the dust mite population.

4. The Bathroom/Kitchen

Bathmats and kitchen towels are two items that are used almost daily and are forgotten when it comes to laundry day.  They not only develop mold but host dust mites and bacteria.

Remembering to wash these regularly will easily solve this issue.

Having a professional air duct cleaning even with desert properties is key to ensuring safe and clean air. Clean ducts can relieve dirt and mold being circulated in your home. Airtek Indoor Air Solutions is certified by the National Air Duct Cleaning Assocation (NADCA) and is ready to restore your indoor air quality. Call Airtek Indoor Air Solutions at 1-877-858-6213 for your free quote today.

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