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Last year, a study conducted by Wakefield Research for the Filtrete Brand of 3M found that 24 percent of respondents either live now or previously lived in a home that has made them feel sick or unwell.
In other words, one in four people has felt the effects of exposure to biological contaminants such as mold and pollen, or gases such as radon and carbon monoxide, or cooking smoke, or second-hand smoke, or pollutants from carpeting and furnishings, or household cleaners, pesticides and hobby materials.
Potential irritants make for a long list indeed. And when they’re trapped inside the home, the family members within are at risk of developing asthma, allergies and other respiratory conditions. And that same survey also showed that more people are worried about the mildew in their bathtubs (73 percent) than they are about indoor air quality (40 percent).
In summertime, indoor air can be made worse by increased humidity levels (and more moisture in the home) – encouraging mold growth, breeding dust mites and prodding bacteria growth. The presence of moisture also means that pollutants emanating from furnishings and building materials can be released at higher levels.
Common sense steps for improving indoor air quality include regular household cleaning – vacuum floors and upholstery, wash bedding and dust furniture, window coverings and lighting fixtures. After baths and showers, run exhaust fans to reduce moisture. And scrub showers and tubs weekly.
You may want to choose fragrance-free cleaning products, or make your own cleaning supplies with the staples of baking soda and vinegar. Also, be sure to change your HVAC filters on their regularly recommended schedule.
PDM can help too. If you’re concerned about the quality of your indoor air – even if you’re not sure there’s a problem but just want peace of mind – let us know. We’ll offer free recommendations that are best for your home. Schedule today.
P.S. Open up one of your air register vents and see if your air ducts are dirty. If you need professional scrubbing to remove a hodgepodge of contaminants, call PDM Duct Cleaning.