A fresh restart of the calendar year gets many homeowners here in Pittsburgh fired up about making their bodies, minds, and even their homes better and healthier in the new year. If you are a homeowner looking to make the health of your breathing air a priority this year, you are not alone! Here are ways you can resolve to improve your residential indoor air quality and lay a healthy foundation for you and your family.
IAQ Resolution 1: Consult the Experts
If you are getting serious about learning how to improve your indoor air quality (IAQ), you’re going to want to get started on the right foot. You don’t need to bear the burden of all of the technical knowledge and testing required to learn what’s in your air and how to prevent further contamination.
The experts at Calfo can diagnose your IAQ issues and recommend the right ventilation or purification measures to provide your home with a steady supply of clean, fresh air. Your Calfo IAQ expert will make sure you are informed along the way, so you can maintain your new and improved IAQ long after our trucks have left the driveway.
IAQ Resolution 2: Stop More Contaminants from Getting In
The environmental protection agency estimates that the air inside is, in the best-case scenario, twice as contaminated as the air outside—and it can be as high as fifty times more contaminated! This is because, once contaminants enter your air, they will recirculate your home via your heating and cooling system until they are filtered out or removed.
There are many common indoor contaminants that can be harmful to your health, including:
- Pet dander
- Mold and mildew
- Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from off-gassing chemicals
To stop additional contaminants from getting into your home, all of the tiny air holes and gaps throughout your home’s construction, your central ductwork, and the windows and doors need to be closed through a process referred to as air sealing.
IAQ Resolution 3: Keep Moisture & Humidity Under Control
When conditions are right, the threat to your indoor air quality may not be coming from the outside, but growing on the inside. With high humidity levels, the right temperature, and a food source (your home’s building materials), mold and bacteria can grow unseen, throwing harmful spores into the air.
Additionally, when things are too dry inside, it can wreak havoc on your sinuses. Controlling the humidity in your home is essential to keeping your indoor air as healthy as possible.
IAQ Resolution 4: Clean Your Indoor Air & Ventilate
Keeping up with your IAQ is a constant battle, as your daily habits will introduce more contaminants into your breathing air. Cooking, bathing, and cleaning all introduce contaminants into the air, and should be ventilated back outside. Calfo offers a full range of indoor air pollution solutions to battle poor indoor air quality, depending on your needs: