Hello, and welcome back to our blog here at Safe Investment Home Inspection. This is part two of our blog series about how you can improve your home’s indoor air quality. Ultimately, your indoor air quality is the most crucial aspect of maintaining a safe and comfortable indoor environment. There are a lot of factors that contribute to poor air quality, so it’s important to understand them and what you can do to prevent it. Keep reading to learn more.
Call a carpet cleaner
Carpet cleaning is another essential aspect to improving indoor air quality. Generally, cleaning hard surfaces like wood or porcelain is simple because it’s unlikely that airborne contaminants will get stuck on them. However, with soft materials like carpet, they pick up thousands of tiny unseeable particles that are constantly being knocked into the air and inhaled. And the truth is, the longer your carpet, the more you’ll have to clean it.
Vacuuming is a great way to remove the majority of the allergens stuck in your carpet, but without annual, professional carpet cleaning, you won’t be protecting your home and improving air quality as much as you could be. For many homeowners, this is a difficult thing to remember to do because they may not see physical evidence of these airborne allergens. But believe us, they’re all over your home, waiting to be inhaled!
Humidity is a major factor in determining the safety of your home’s indoor air quality. If your home is too humid, it could lead to the growth of molds that will produce allergens and mycotoxins. Some people may experience allergic reactions to these toxins and those with asthma may have an asthma attack. However, some molds are more dangerous than others and you shouldn’t take a chance with any of them. You should, first of all, track your home’s humidity. It should be between 30 to 50 percent humidity. Anything over that will increase your chance of seeing mold growth. If you’re taking a shower or cooking, make sure to open a door or window.
There are a lot of ways that mold can grow in your home. One thing that many people don’t realize is that if their attic isn’t ventilated properly, it may result in mold growth. During certain times of year, your attic can become very hot and humid if there isn’t air flowing through it. In this case, you’d need to unclog or add more ventilation to your lower and upper roof, allowing air to pass through normally.
If you have any suspicions that mold may be growing in your home, you should contact the Denver home inspectors at Safe Investment Home Inspection.
Use an air-filtering plant
Some plants will help you maintain your home’s indoor air quality by eliminating toxic agents like trichlorethylene, formaldehyde, and benzene according to the NASA Clean Air Study. These plants can absorb certain VOCs, however, be aware that these plants will not do too much to improve your home’s air quality. They will, however, slightly improve a single room’s air quality.
English ivy and Variegated snake plant will both help filter out xylene, toluene, trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, and trifasciata.
Peace lilies and Florist’s chrysanthemum will filter out all of these toxins, only more effectively, in addition to ammonia.
Home inspection Denver
Your first reaction if you think you may have poor indoor air quality is to call an expert home inspector at Safe Investment Home Inspection. Our top priority is to provide you with a comprehensive home inspection that will reveal the safety of your home and provide you with solutions. Contact us today.