Hello, and welcome back to our blog here at Safe Investments Home Inspection. This is part three of our blog series on how to improve your indoor air quality. If you missed out on the first two blogs, you can read them here and here. If you suspect that your home may have poor indoor air quality, you should the professional Denver home inspectors at Safe Investment Home Inspection today. Keep reading to learn more about indoor air quality prevention.
Avoid synthetic fragrances
Synthetic fragrances are often found in cleaning products with a pine or lemon scent. This includes things like kitchen products, air fresheners, and laundry detergents. Generally, fragrances are made from petroleum products and don’t get tested for to see if they’re healthy for humans to inhale. This is why many fragrances with toxic substances make their way into our homes, ruining our air quality even though they claim to do the contrary.
When you purchase a fragrance at the store, look for naturally-scented products. Try to avoid using aerosol sprays like air fresheners, furniture polish and hairspray.
Clean your air filter
Another way to improve indoor air quality is by replacing your HVAC system’s air filter on a regular basis. Originally, these filters were intended to protect the HVAC system itself, but eventually became a powerful tool for improving your home’s air quality. If you’ve checked your filter recently, you’ve probably seen all the junk that builds up on it, and if you have pets, there’s probably even more. You should replace these filters about once every month or two and make sure that the new one fits properly and is secured in place.
MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) is the rating scale used to determine the efficiency of your filter. Filters that are higher on the scale will catch more allergens so you should make sure to use a filter that has a MERV rating of at least 11.
Avoid smoking in your home
With 4,000 chemicals in every cigarette, it’s no wonder that smokers carry so many airborne contaminants wherever they go. If you’re a smoker, you’re going to have to work extra hard to prevent these chemicals from making it into your own home and that starts with not smoking indoors. However, if you want to completely eliminate the chemicals from entering your home, you’ll need to stop smoking altogether. These chemicals will attach themselves to your clothes and spread all over your home, along with ash. If you have kids with asthma this will have an even bigger impact on them.
Are you ready to call a home inspector in Denver and get the air quality testing that you deserve? Poor indoor air quality has been linked to a variety of issues like headaches, fatigue, sinus problems, and these issues are only amplified in someone with asthma or other respiratory conditions. If you’re concerned about the safety of your home, contact Safe Investment Home Inspections today to learn more.