An Invisible But Serious Concern
Although outdoor pollution tends to attract more news coverage, indoor contaminants present even greater hazards. A wide range of pollutants can reduce the quality of the air we breathe in homes, businesses and schools. Statistics show this problem continues to worsen. World Health Organization data reveals that poor indoor air quality causes millions of people to experience strokes, lung cancer or heart disease, according to the Tech Times.
Indoor pollution comes from many different substances in our homes. Certain types of furniture, carpets and cleaning products emit harmful pollutants. Outdoor emissions also enter buildings in some circumstances. A couple of examples include car exhaust and smoke from factories. Poor ventilation or excess humidity often reduces air quality as well, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Some heating and cooling systems combat these problems by filtering air. However, they can also worsen the situation if ducts or filters become dirty.
Before you can take action to improve your home’s air quality, you need to evaluate its current state. You will also benefit from identifying the major contaminants in your home. Signs of indoor pollution include unpleasant odors, condensation, mold and persistent illnesses. For a more thorough assessment, consider paying professionals to audit your home’s air. A technician will conduct precise tests and find the most efficient ways to make improvements.
If you confirm that your house has poor air quality, you may start by taking a few basic steps. Try to open the windows more often; outdoor air is usually less polluted. You can also buy house plants that remove certain contaminants. Rodale recommends philodendrons, Boston ferns and peace lilies. They eliminate airborne pollutants ranging from benzene to formaldehyde. It’s comparatively easy to banish some sources of pollution. For example, you could begin using eco-friendly cleaning or pest control products.
Such efforts can only solve relatively minor problems. You may address more severe indoor pollution by purchasing air-cleaning devices, conducting renovations or asking a technician to clean your HVAC ductwork. The right steps vary depending on your home’s contents. For instance, some Raleigh homeowners benefit when they remove decaying lead paint or asbestos. Others breathe easier after replacing cabinets that contain certain types of glue.
Rapid Repair Experts can help protect your health by addressing indoor pollution problems. We perform comprehensive tests and identify the best solutions. Our experienced staff replaces furnace filters and cleans or seals ducts in North Carolina homes. We even have special ultraviolet lights that destroy mold. If RRE technicians discover problems caused by excess humidity, we can install a whole-house dehumidifier. This prevents harm to furniture, carpets and flooring. To schedule an audit or request further details about our services, please contact us today.