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4 Top Air Quality Tips: Preventing Sick House Syndrome

Everybody knows that fresh air is good for the mind, body and soul. But many people associate fresh air predominantly with spending time outside. Since a lot of us spend a good majority of our time indoors, it’s important to look at ways of preventing sick house syndrome by keeping the air quality as healthy as possible.

Stuck Indoors4 Top Air Quality Tips: Preventing Sick House Syndrome

Being cooped up indoors can be seriously bad for your health. Allergies, lurking germs and other health conditions can occur when we tightly seal up our homes and offices to try to block out pollution or to prevent noise from filtering in. But this kind of entrapment can also prevent harmful fumes from the likes of cleaning products, wood smoke, paints and deodorizers from ventilating. Even a person’s clothing, carpeting, or furnishing can emit poisonous pollutants.

How Can Someone Prevent Dangerous Pollutants Building Up?

It has been suggested that we should change the air in our homes as frequently as ten times per day. Anything less than that can cause dangerous pollutants to build up. There are a few things that New Jersey residents can do to help with preventing sick house syndrome.

1. Ventilation

Opening the windows, even just a crack, can help. It’s also a good idea to make sure that all the vents in the room are unblocked. A lack of ventilation can also cause mildew and mold, which can be a danger to a person’s health. Not only that, but it can cause damage to the structure of a house.
In rooms where humidity is high, like bathrooms and kitchens, it is essential that there is proper ventilation. Besides unblocking vents and opening windows, fans prove useful in preventing sick house syndrome. Areas such as underneath floors and up in the attic should be checked for proper air circulation too. If the upstairs of a house has a humidity problem, chances are the roof or attic needs better aeration. It is also worth noting that certain types of flooring can effect structural damage if there is no adequate ventilation below it.

2. Air Duct Cleaning

Cleaning your home’s air ducts is a great step towards improving the air you and your loved ones are breathing every day. Keeping the ducts clean with routine maintenance can lengthen the life of your equipment and prevent airborne contaminants from being spewed out every time the HVAC system is turned on. This can save you money and boost the health and comfort for everyone in the home.

3. Pleasant Odors

Who doesn’t want their home to smell nice? A well-aired and clean home will smell great. But unpleasant odors do happen and it can be tempting to reach for artificial scents and sprays to mask them. But those only add more pollutants to the air.
Aerosols tend to contain unsavory additives and aren’t environmentally friendly. Instead, make a room deodorizer by sprinkling a couple of drops of essential oil on a cotton ball and placing it in an open container to prevent the oil from spilling onto furniture.
Other natural room fresheners, straight from the pantry, include:

  • Fresh apples or citrus
  • Dried or fresh herbs like mint
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda

Fresh plants and flowers are always a better option than artificial spray. Homeowners should try to keep perfumed products and cleaners full of chemicals to a bare minimum and choose natural products in the quest to preventing sick house syndrome.

4. Replace Air Filters

Regular air filtration replacement not only traps in allergens, toxins and infections agents, but a new filter will also help to keep you cooler in the summer (and warmer in the winter). Call Brown’s today to learn about air filter replacement in NJ and take a huge step towards a cleaner and healthier home!

What If Someone Is Already a Sufferer?

If someone already suffers from unexplained headaches, drowsiness, and general lethargy, they should try to get fresh air flowing through the house.
Have a professional from Brown’s Heating, Cooling & Plumbing assess the home’s ventilation needs and discuss various solutions.