Indoor air quality has become a topic of conversation these days. Thanks to numerous articles and stories about air quality, most people understand that certain harmful contaminants can do more harm than good if they settle into your home.
Mold often tops the list. You probably know someone who has had mold damage inside their home – you might have experienced it yourself. Denver is one of the top cities in the US with a mold problem. If it impacts your home, you may pay the price in the way of increased health problems.
Of course, mold isn’t the only issue. Household products can also add to the problem. Many of these products contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), a mixture of various chemicals, some of which can make you sick. VOCs are in just about everything inside your home, including:
Reading through this list may have you wondering what isn’t impacted by VOCs. in short, the answer is just about everything. Possible adverse health effects can range from barely noticeable to severe:
This isn’t something to take lightly. The time to act is now.
First, start paying attention to what you bring inside your home. Read through the ingredient list on household cleaners. Ask questions about your remodeling project. A more informed consumer makes better choices.
Next, do what you can to start replacing harmful items that might already be in place. Maybe now is the time to replace damaged flooring products that might have a history of high VOCs. Replacing synthetic carpeting that may have used a toxic adhesive with a natural hardwood may immediately improve the overall air quality.
Finally, pay attention to your HVAC. Yes, your HVAC system can play a big part in keeping your home cleaner and healthier. Little things like replacing the air filter regularly can keep the air fresh. If you have an older unit, replacing it with upgraded technology may help it work better at keeping the air supply clean. A technician can also help you install some of the latest technology on the market – how about a high-output UVC lamp that helps kill bacteria inside your home. Or ensuring your ductwork is in top shape to reduce dust, pollen, and other bacteria from spreading throughout your home each time the HVAC system runs.
There are many ways we can help you improve your indoor air quality. It starts with a phone call – give us a call today and schedule your appointment to talk about the best home improvement projects for your home.