October Is Indoor Air Quality Month

October 16th, 2014 General

As the weather cools and days shorten, we spend more time inside of our homes. Pollutants like mold, mildew, and dust can quickly develop and settle in areas throughout homes. Areas with high humidity levels, like bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and basements, are most prone to developing dust and mold.

Stirring up the dust that has settled in a room causes it to become airborne and settle on surfaces of tables and furniture. To prevent dust from accumulating and becoming a problem, it is important to implement a regular cleaning schedule to remove dust.

Take time throughout October to ensure that your home has the necessary safety measures in place to avoid problems with dust and mold.

  • When cleaning with sprays or solutions that can wet carpets or surfaces, ensure that they have ample time to dry so that mold or mildew does not start to develop.
  • Use a heavy duty dust vacuum to suck up dust that settles into flooring and carpets.
  • Make sure ventilation is adequate throughout your home. It is especially important for fireplaces, wood stoves, and other hearth related products.
  • If you notice that your home seems stuffy or find mold or mildew growing, you may want to consider upgrading your homes ventilation system.
  • Open windows when utilizing strong cleaning products or simply to allow natural air flow through your home.
  • Use an air filter to keep dirt and dust out of your ductwork and other heating and cooling components.

For more information, check out the Environmental Protection Agency’s resources on indoor air quality in homes, schools, and businesses.

 

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