Why Your Indoor Air Quality May Be Worse Than Outdoors

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The issue of outdoor air quality is widely publicized, and many people are rightfully concerned about pollution from vehicles, manufacturing and more in the air they breathe. Air pollution is damaging the environment and affecting the health of many people around the world.

You may think that the air inside your home would be safer for you and your loved ones to breathe, but this is not actually the case. In fact, your indoor air may even more polluted than outdoor air. With a closer look at what may be happening in your home, you can learn what steps you need to take to improve your home environment.

What Are Common Indoor Air Pollutants?

Air filters in your HVAC system are designed to capture many indoor air pollutants, and this includes pet dander, bacteria, dirt, pollen, dust and more. However, air filters do not capture all of these particles. You may also have pollutants from air fresheners, cleaning products, furnishings, tobacco smoke, cooking activities, building materials & paints, pollutants tracked in on your shoes, dust mite waste material, mold & mildew, and many others that these air filters cannot remove. Some of these pollutants may fill the air, and others may may accumulate in your carpeting and other surfaces. When these surfaces are disturbed, they can fly into the air once again.

How Can They Build Up?

New particulates may be introduced into the indoor environment regularly, and they can become trapped in your home. Many newly constructed or recently renovated homes today are airtight for energy efficiency. This means that unhealthy gases and particles cannot leave the space, and they may actually accumulate in greater numbers over time. Opening windows and doors (screened) periodically for several hours at a time may help to clear away some of the indoor air pollution, but this may not be the only step you need to take to improve the quality of the air you breathe in your home. Pollen, bacteria, pet dander, dust mite waste material & toxins also accumulate in your carpet & upholstery over time.

What Are the Effects of Indoor Air Pollution?

Indoor air pollution can affect your health and well-being. Most notably, indoor pollution can result in breathing issues, allergy’s, skin and eye irritation, and more.

Tips to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

  • Invest in a quality air filtration system. If you have a central air system, use HEPA filtration air filters. Change monthly.
  • Ensure that your HVAC system is allowing a healthy humidity level so mold & mildew is not encouraged to grow in your home.
  • Invest in a really good HEPA filtration vacuum. Vacuum carpets, rugs, upholstery, drapes, and hard floors.
  • Vacuum frequently. At least 2-3 times per week. 3-5 times per week (or more) if you have pets.
  • Don’t smoke indoors
  • Test your home for radon, especially if you have a basement
  • Consider going to fragrance free “green” cleaners
  • Have your carpets & upholstery professionally cleaned using truck mounted hot water rinse extraction. Many toxins build up in your carpet & fabrics and can only be removed with a powerful extraction process. Have this type of cleaning done at least once per year. 2-3 times per year if you have pets.

If you are looking to restore the health, luster and beauty of your carpet and upholstery, or you are just concerned about your carpet’s health in general, now is the time to do something about it.

Contact True North Cleaning Professionals today with any questions, a free quote, and to schedule cleaning throughout your home.

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