Saturday, April 25th, 2020 by CJ Garcia
As we all embrace a new normal of staying in our homes more often than we liked to, one problem has become more apparent to homeowners as we get further into spring: indoor allergies.
Thankfully, there are a few ways to reduce allergens in your home.
Many of these symptoms can be linked to a common cause: indoor air quality. The good news? Indoor air quality is something we can improve.
To start with, there are 5 basic types of compounds that impact the air quality in our homes:
Allergens and particulates
Symptoms of these compounds can include respiratory irritation, infection, congestion, sneezing, coughing, asthma flare-ups, illness, fatigue, and much, much worse as concentration levels and exposure increase.
During colder months, these compounds become trapped in the home, worsening our indoor air quality and affecting our health. Fortunately, there are many ways to manage these compounds and clean the air we breathe.
How to Improve Indoor Air Quality and Reduce Allergens
Air filtration is the first line of defense in improving indoor air quality. Some airborne compounds like radon are extremely small and may pass through traditional filters freely, so consider an air filter that is rated to deal with these smaller compounds.
Encapsulating your dirt crawl space isolates damp, exposed earth from your home using a durable, reinforced plastic liner. In addition to preventing mold growth, encapsulated crawl spaces can also provide a clean, dry space for extra storage.
Depressurization is the most effective solution for reducing radon levels in your home. This involves creating a pathway for radon gas to travel away from your living spaces, to be vented safely outside. The EPA recommends that homes with radon levels above 4 pCi/L be mitigated, and as the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers, all homes should have their radon level tested.
Lastly, a dehumidifier can help deal with water vapor and condensation in your basement, reducing musty smells and moisture that mold and dust mites thrive in. A dehumidifier extracts moisture from the surrounding area, and a quality dehumidifier can extract several gallons of moisture from the air each day.
Knowing what causes poor indoor air quality and how to improve it is the first step in making your home a safer, more comfortable place to live.
If you’d like to get a second opinion on how your home’s indoor air quality can be improved, be sure to contact TerraFirma for a free evaluation!