Clear The Air
The cold months can bring on runny noses, sneezing, itchy/watery eyes and scratchy throats. Can you say hello, allergy season!? Rotting leaves result in ragweed pollen and mold filling the air, which then finds its way into your home and affects your health. Most of our exposure to environmental pollutant - mold, particles and chemicals, come from simply being inside.
Although staying inside during the cold season can prevent you from the weather elements, indoor spaces can be 2 to 5 times more polluted than the outdoor air, according to the Environmental Protection Act. So, what can you do to protect yourself from unclean indoor air?
Start by making small changes to reduce exposure to indoor air pollutents. Ensure your bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms are well ventilated to the outside of your house. These rooms are the most commonly used and attract a lot of exposure to dust and mold possibilities. Run energy efficient fans in these rooms to create fresh air circulation and to prevent stale air from sitting for long periods of time.
A crucial part for fire safety in your home, along with clean air exposure, is to ensure your fireplace is properly ventilated. This will keep the smoke out of your home and fresh air flowing throughout your fireplace. Another hazardous area that can also cause problems to your indoor air, is your laundry filter. Always clean out the filter trap in the machine after each use to prevent lint build-up and check your vent hose (that should be attached outdoors) for clogs on a yearly basis.
Did you know air filters should be changed every 3 months MAX? Air filters are inexpensive and are sold at most hardware stores. Replacing air filters in your heating system will prevent the furnace from blowing dirty particles through the filter and up through your heating vents. There are a variety of versions available from basic filters to eco-friendly clean air versions.
Last but not least, take care of your overall health by keeping toxic items such as paint, solvent, cleaners and pesticides in an outdoor area such as a garage or tool shed. Storing these materials inside of the home can not only hurt your lungs, but it can also do some serious damage to your brain and other parts of your body.
If you’re looking for more ways to keep your home clean and running-efficiently, don’t hesitate to contact our cleaning specialists and restoration team today.