5 Indoor Air Quality Issues That Sabotage a Healthy Home

Hollub Heating and Air ConditioningYour family’s health and comfort is directly tied to the quality of your home environment. Indoor air quality is often more polluted than the air outside, and many homes have other safety issues that are frequently overlooked. Fortunately, you can create a healthier home environment by taking some simple steps to address the following common issues.

Common Threats to a Healthier Home Environment

  • Secondhand smoke – Tobacco smoke is a leading cause of lung cancer and other diseases. Even if they don’t smoke, family members exposed to secondhand smoke are at risk for many smoke-related health problems.
    The best way to minimize the effects of tobacco smoke on your family is to ban smoking inside your home. If that’s not a workable option for you, talk to a reputable HVAC technician about using a HEPA filter in your HVAC system to remove some of the smoke from your indoor air.
  • Radon – Don’t ignore the risk of radon, which is a naturally-occurring element in the soil in many neighborhoods. Radon gas can seep into your home from your basement or crawl space. It’s the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.
    Sealing your basement or foundation might block radon entry. You might need an active ventilation system to keep radon out of your house.
  • Faulty smoke alarms – Keep smoke alarms throughout your home in good working order. Smoke alarms with dead batteries are useless. Test the alarms periodically and change the batteries annually.
  • Mold – Mold is a potent health hazard. Many people are allergic to mold and mold spores. Some people develop life-threatening illnesses due to chronic exposure to mold. Clean mold from bathroom walls and other damp surfaces with a weak bleach solution. Repair plumbing leaks and other sources of moisture before mold has a chance to grow.
  • Pesticides – Take steps to protect your family and pets from exposure if you have to use pesticides to control cockroaches or other pests. Never store pesticides inside your home or in your utility room. Keep them locked up in an outdoor shed or remove them from your property entirely.

Learn more about indoor air quality solutions available from Hollub Inc. to create a healthier home environment, or call us at (312) 829-8000.

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