Improve Your IAQ
Indoor air quality (IAQ) is important to our everyday health. Poor conditions like constantly damp environments or areas where airborne contaminants are elevated can lead to the inhabitants experiencing increased headaches, fatigue, soreness, irritated respiratory systems, and other illnesses. Their are many things you can do to better the IAQ in your home or office. Even the smallest of changes can make a world of difference.
Our top 5 recommendations to help improve your indoor air quality are below:
1. Change Your HVAC Filter - The ductwork in your home is like a superhighway for airborne particulates. When your AC unit or heat is turned on, the fan can blow smoke, dust, pollen and allergens throughout your home. Your filter helps prevent these particulates from entering the duct work and spreading throughout the property. If you are unsure, it's a good idea to change your filter annually to ensure you are getting the proper filtration. Otherwise, check the manufacturers instructions for cleaning or replacement.
2. Clean Your Carpets - Believe it or not, carpeting acts as a giant filter in your home. Black or brown lines that form in the corners and around the edges of the carpet are an indication that they are long overdue for cleaning. The fibers in the carpet and the pad act as a sieve, straining out pollutants, dander and allergens which eventually build up over time.
4. Dust - As obvious as this is, not many people truly dust their homes. When was the last time you cleaned your ceiling fan blades? Dust can build up over time and settle on pretty much anything. Clean it up and increase your IAQ!
5. Duct Cleaning - As mentioned above, dust, pollen, dander, allergens, smoke, all travel throughout the ductwork. Overtime heavier particulates settle on the inside of the system and should be removed.
Indoor Air Quality Testing
Testing is done by collecting a sample of the air in different parts of the property. Usually three (3) samples are taken. The first is taken in areas you spend most of your time in - bedroom, living room etc. . The second is taken in another part of the property and is used as comparison to the first. Maybe you have elevated levels or spores in the bedroom than you do in the kitchen. If this is the case their are things that can be done to help alleviate those situations. The third is usually taken outside and is the control. The control tells us what the levels should be in your area and is also compared to the indoor samples. All air samples are sent to a third party lab for analysis.
For additional questions or to improve your indoor air quality, give us a call 844-MY-BULLDOG.
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