Optimal air quality in your home requires a room-by-room approach. Every home is a collection of micro-environments under a single roof. Individual exposure to indoor pollutants varies as rooms that are used more frequently pose a greater problem than less occupied parts of the home such as storage areas and utility rooms. Because both the source and the exposure to contaminants varies, maintaining optimal air quality in your home requires different strategies for different locations.
Here’s a quick walk-through of problem areas in a typical home:
- Bathrooms: Warmth and moisture inside this usually enclosed space combines to create a perfect breeding ground for mold. A bathroom exhaust fan effectively removes warm, humid air.
- Bedrooms: Bed sheets, covers and pillows are stockpiles of both dust and dust mites — two of the most common allergy triggers in a home. Frequent laundering of bed coverings and vacuuming carpets are the best control factors.
- Kitchen: In addition to common cooking odors that may irritate residents, kitchens include gas-fired appliances that generate combustion by-products, including carbon monoxide, if not properly vented. Cleaning supplies in the kitchen may release pollutants like VOCs (volatile organic compounds). Regular maintenance checkups for appliances and use of a dedicated kitchen exhaust fan reduce exposure to kitchen contaminants.
- Basement: Mold thrives in damp basements. Water heaters and HVAC equipment may generate combustion fumes like carbon monoxide. In certain parts of the country, radon gas may seep into basements as well. Adding exhaust ventilation to improve air circulation, sealing the basement against infiltrating pollution and installing appropriate alarms are recommended.
Many of these problems are not immediately evident. If you feel that you may be suffering some of them but are unsure, you can have the quality of the air in your home evaluated by having an study performed. We leave a monitor in your home to evaluate six distinct variables: temperature, humidity, particulates, volatile organic compounds (VOC's), carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide. A report is then generated comparing the results with industry/government standards to let you know how your home stacks up.
Contact Cleveland’s trusted source of indoor comfort and air quality for 75 years, P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling, for more information on maintaining optimal air quality in your home.
Paul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.
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