This is the time of year in Northern Virginia that pollen, dust and other dangers to your health invade your home. Most people think of poor air quality as something outside, but the truth is, the air inside homes can be more polluted than the air outside. The air quality inside your home may be polluted by smokers, pet dander, fire-retardants, dust, pollen, even volatile chemicals from fragrances used in conventional cleaners. Some pollutants are tracked into the home. Some arrive via a new mattress or furniture, carpet cleaners or new paint on the walls.
Children, people with asthma, and the elderly may be especially sensitive to indoor pollutants, but other effects on health may appear years later, after repeated exposure.
Here are 5 Simple Steps to Improve your home’s Indoor Air Quality
1) Call My Plumber Heating and Cooling. Our technicians will perform indoor air quality test to assess your particular needs.
My Plumber Heating and Cooling offers the Air Scrubber Plus® with ActivePure™ technology, makes cleaning surfaces, mopping up offending odors, and reducing harmful airborne contaminants as simple as turning on your furnace, fan, or air conditioning system. Unlike air filters that are passive – Air Scrubber Plus® actively treats the air by continually sending out ActivePure scrubbers throughout your home to greatly reduce chemicals, dangerous contaminants, mold, odors, and pollutants in the air.
2) Keep your floors fresh. Chemicals and allergens can accumulate in household dust for decades. By using a vacuum with a HEPA filter you can reduce concentrations of lead in your home. You can also get rid of other toxins, like brominated fire-retardant chemicals (PBDEs) as well as allergens like pollen, pet dander, and dust mites.
Mopping picks up the dust that vacuuming leaves behind. You can skip the soaps and cleaners and just use plain water to capture any lingering dust or allergens. New microfiber mops (and dust cloths) reportedly capture more dust and dirt than traditional fibers and don’t require any cleaning solutions whatsoever.
3) Do the Laundry. Large pieces of fabric harbor dust mites and other allergens. Frequently launder drapery, fabric shower curtains, and bedding in water as hot as is allowed (preferably above 130 ºF). Also, be sure to wash all new fabrics (including clothing) before using them because they can retain chemicals from the manufacturing process.
4) Keep it out. Put a large floor mat at every door. People track in all sorts of chemicals via the dirt on their shoes. A door mat reduces the amount of dirt, pesticides, and other pollutants from getting into your home. If the mat is big enough, even those who don’t wipe their shoes will leave most pollutants on the mat — not the floors in your home.
5) Groom your pets. During the winter, your pets probably spend more time indoors. That means more fur and dander are floating around your home. Bathe and groom your pet regularly, wash his bedding frequently in hot water, and keep him out of bedrooms if possible.
Schedule Indoor Air Quality Testing Today
Call us today for an in home Air Quality Assessment.