Top Ways to Make Your Monrovia Home a Healthier Space
A thorough cleaning regimen can go a long way towards keeping your household healthy. But even the most rigorous regimen may not be addressing certain factors that are contributing to less than healthful conditions. Knowledge is power, so arm yourself with some information if you’re trying to create a healthier home.
Newer homes are built more air tight for greater efficiency. This means the natural infiltration and outflow of air that used to take place in older construction no longer occurs. As a result, indoor air can become stale and pollutants and moisture may build up and cause problems, particularly respiratory issues among sensitive individuals.
- Placing an exhaust ventilation in your bathroom or over your kitchen range will get rid of moisture buildup that may lead to mold growth.
- Attic ventilation, usually installed in a central hallway ceiling, pulls air in through open windows and exhausts it into the ceiling, so there’s a constant movement of air in the home.
- Balanced ventilation systems use fans and ductwork to supply fresh air and exhaust stale air.
Indoor Air Pollutants
A number of pollutants are typically found in indoor air, including dust mites, pollen, pet dander, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), viruses and bacteria. A good quality pleated air filter can trap some of these particles, but if you have people who suffer from allergies or respiratory diseases living in your home, an air purifier may be necessary. Here are some types to consider:
- Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation lights: Addresses mold, viruses and bacteria.
- Gas phase activated carbon filtration: Addresses tobacco smoke and some VOCs.
- Electrostatic and electronic air cleaners: Addresses dust, dust mites, pet dander and pollen.
If the moisture level in your home is too high or too low, you may need a dehumidifier or a humidifier to balance humidity between 30 to 55 percent. Higher humidity prevents dry skin and mucous membranes, which can help ease respiratory problems. Lower humidity can help prevent mold, mildew and discomfort during the summer.
To learn more about maintaining a healthier home, contact Air-Tro Inc. We’ve been keeping Southern Californians comfortable since 1969.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater Los Angeles, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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