When you hear the words “Air Pollution”, what do you think? Most of us think air pollution is something outside – like smog, pollen and general toxic odors.
The truth is: indoor air quality is almost always more polluted than even outside air, even in urban areas! Indoor air can be contaminated by mold, V.O.C.s (volatile organic compounds), formaldehyde, fragrances and even toxic cleaning liquids. Indoor molds and allergens have become more relevant in recent years because we have built our homes and businesses more air tight to be more energy efficient. Additionally, we now spend more time indoors than in previous decades. So, let’s work together to improve the indoor air quality. Listed below are several steps to help guide you in the right direction:
Steps to Improve Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
- Use a HEPA filter vacuum cleaner to filter out mold, allergens, pet dander, dust mites and other toxins.
- Mop all hard floor surfaces to pick up any downed mold or dust particles left behind by vacuuming. The new microfiber mops and dust clothes are more efficient than the old cotton or sponge models.
- Use door mats at every exterior door to help eliminate dirt, pollutants and chemicals off of people’s feet.
- Keep your humidity levels at the IAQ (indoor air quality association) recommended 40%-60% level. This level will help minimize mold, allergens and indoor pollens. A humidifier or dehumidifier my need to be added to maintain this healthy level of moisture.
- Make your house off limits to smoking. One of the most important reasons for unhealthy indoor air quality is second hand smoke.
- Use green type cleaning products for a healthy clean smell to your home and clothing. Studies have shown plug in air fresheners, detergents, insect repellents, spray air fresheners and even fabric softeners emit high and even toxic levels of V.O.C.s (volatile organic compounds).
Since 80% of all non-food allergens are caused by or irritated by mold, then mold testing and inspection is the obvious place to start if you have this irritant. If you have any concerns about your indoor air quality Memphis Mold Inspector* is certified as a V.O.C. Tester as well as an authorized Formaldehyde Screener; contact us and we’ll help you out, or at least guide you in the right direction. Also, see our Air Purification Products for air purifiers, HVAC probes and other mold elimination products.
*Memphis Mold Inspector is one of the very few locally owned and operated mold testing and inspection only companies in Memphis and its surrounding areas.