Do you know that your home's indoor air quality greatly impacts your health? For home safety, our REALTORS® recommend regularly testing your indoor air quality and taking steps to reduce harmful pollutants in your home that can make you sick.
Taking steps to boost indoor air quality can help you lower your risk of developing serious health conditions and improve your quality of life. If you're considering buying Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, testing the air quality can ensure a healthy indoor environment. Here are some steps you can take to keep your family safe.
Cleaning products like glass cleaners, air fresheners, and bleach that contain toxic chemicals
Carbon monoxide, a colorless and odorless gas emitted by gas furnaces, space heaters, and stoves
Formaldehyde found in household items and composite wood products
Radon, a radioactive gas that seeps through cracks in floors and walls
Secondhand smoke from cigarettes and cigars
It's common to find a host of allergens and irritants in the home that impact air quality. The major culprits include household dust, dust mites, mold, and pet dander. These allergens can cause a range of respiratory problems like coughing, runny nose, sore throat, sneezing, and watery eyes, as well as skin rashes and hives. Take these steps to reduce indoor allergens:
Dust furniture and vacuum rugs weekly
Wash bedding in hot water twice per month to eliminate dust mites
Buy mattress covers and hypoallergenic bed pillows
Bathe and brush pets regularly
Remove mold from sinks, tubs, and showers
Check attics, basements, and leaky pipes for moisture, mildew, and mold
Control Moisture and Humidity
Moist and humid indoor conditions breed mold and mildew. Using dehumidifiers during rainy weather and hot, humid summer weather can reduce the amount of moisture in the air and prevent the growth of mold and mildew. In bathrooms, installing ceiling fans and heat lamps will have the same effect.
Good airflow in your home will help to prevent a buildup of air pollutants. On a nice day when pollen counts aren't high, open the windows to bring fresh air inside. You can also improve ventilation and air quality by:
Using an air purifier with a HEPA filter
Changing heating and air filters every month
Changing appliance filters regularly
Installing cooking vents in the kitchen
Ensuring air vents and chimneys are not obstructed
If you're interested in moving to the Long Island area, contact us for information or to schedule a tour of available homes that suit your lifestyle.