Fall is a great time of year. The weather is getting a bit cooler and the days a bit shorter. Most likely your family is spending more time indoors as summer activiites wind down. That’s why right now is a great time to think about indoor air quality.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that indoor air can often be 2 to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air, particulalry in heavily populated areas. Is there anything you can do to help?
There are many sources of air pollution and there are many factors that affect air pollutuion in your home. These sources come from both outside and inside your home. Some are in your control, others are not.
Outdoor pollutants and allergens affecting the air in your home enter through infiltration and ventilation. Pollutants like car exhaust, pollen, smoke, insecticides, fertilizers and mold spores enter your home on air currents by attaching themselves to your clothing, shoes, hair and pets. When these pollutants settle on surfaces outside, they are often neutralized, swept or washed away. But once inside your home, the pollutants tend to accumulate on floors, furnishings, surfaces and in the air.
Because we live, eat, sleep, play and often work in our homes, we generate a significant amount of allergens and pollutants from inside our homes too. Dust mites are potent allergens and every home has millions of them. House pets also contribute to poor indoor air quality.
Then there are sticky and oily residues from cooking gases that eventually settle on surfaces. If you have a furnace that burns fuel such as gas, oil or wood they all add to the problem.
After all of this, you may be wondering if it is even safe to stay in your home! Don’t be alarmed, there are many things you can do to improve indoor air quality. You can invest in high quality air filters for your HVAC system. Professional duct cleaning helps to remove contaminants that can accumulate in your HVAC system. Use a vacuum cleaner equipped with a HEPA filtration. HEPA filters trap the smallest particles. Use bathroom exhaust fans and range hoods to remove excess humidity and cooking gases.
Finally, clean carpets, upholstery and area rugs to remove pollutants and allergens that can bond to these surfaces.You are most likely going to spend more time indoors so now is the perfect time.
Call B/P Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning today to schedule your fall cleaning. You and your family will breathe easier!