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If You're Serious About Indoor Air Quality, Read This

Posted by Paul Wadsworth on Sat, Apr 16, 2011 @ 12:00 AM

Most of us tend to think of pollution as being an element of the outside world. However, many of us are being exposed to just as many and in some cases more pollutants in our own homes as we are when we walk down the street.  The fact is, indoor air quality has become a major health concern. Here at P.K. Wadsworth, we recommend taking several steps toward improving the air quality of your home.

Improving indoor air quality does not require a lot of work. Rather, it’s a relatively simple process that involves regularly scheduled maintenance and, many times, air purification methods.

We recommend starting by identifying any sources of pollution in your home. Most find the major sources to be the mold behind walls and shower stalls and secondhand smoke. Other common sources of pollution in the home include malfunctioning furnaces, solvents used in craft activities and pet products. We can help you identify the pollutants in your home and give you advice on how to amend them. Professional assistance is usually necessary in order to remove mold or repair malfunctioning appliances.

The second major factor to look at when seeking to improve your indoor air quality is ventilation.  We recommend an examination of all of the house’s vents. Removing debris from soffits will increase the air flow through your home.  Ventilation systems, installed on your existing HVAC system, may may also be recommended.

While seeking to improve your indoor air quality, consider making a few simple improvements in your home. One of these is the purchase of an upgraded air cleaner (filter) to improve the quality of the air. There are many kinds of air cleaners on the market. This decision is a little bit involved and mistakes can be made.  It is not as simple as going to the local hardware store or home center and buying the fanciest filter on the shelf- in fact this selection can lead to problems with restricted air flow and damage to your home comfort system.

Properly selected and maintained, these units can remove pollen, dander, or dust from the air to relieve allergy symptoms. They also reduce residual tobacco odors and traces of second hand smoke.  Remember the air filter is just one component of an engineered system that must be selected to not only meet your indoor air quality needs, but also function effectively in concert with the rest of you home comrade system.

Improving your air quality is one home improvement project we highly suggest you undertake. Your home can soon be a cleaner, healthier environment, thanks to just a few simple improvements.

P.K. Wadsworth services the Greater Cleveland, OH area including cities Chagrin Falls, Shaker Heights, Eastlake or anywhere in between.  

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