It’s a surprise to many people when they learn that indoor air pollutants can be worse than breathing outdoor air, even in the heart of a smoggy city. The following three pollutants are largely to blame, but fortunately, there are ways to mitigate each one.
- The problems caused by mold: People with allergies and asthma are most sensitive to mold spores, since these spores are known to aggravate symptoms.
- How to test for mold: Mold thrives in dark, moist areas. A visual inspection and odor detection are two ways of testing for it.
- How to mitigate mold: Wipe up visible mold and clean the area with ammonia to kill off spores. Fix pipe leaks, wipe up standing water, and moderate humidity levels to mitigate future mold growth.
- The problems caused by radon: Prolonged exposure to radon can cause lung cancer.
- How to test for radon: This invisible, radioactive gas rises up from the soil, entering your home through the crawlspace or basement and tiny gaps in the foundation. You need a radon detection kit to test for it.
- How to mitigate radon: An experienced contractor may suggest soil suction or another radon mitigation option.
- The problems caused by carbon monoxide: CO inhibits oxygen transfer in your bloodstream, which can cause illness or even death.
- How to test for carbon monoxide: This colorless, odorless gas results from incomplete combustion. If your home has fuel-burning appliances, you could be at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning. The only way to test for it is with a CO detector. Install one on each floor of your home to protect your family.
- How to mitigate carbon monoxide: Schedule preventative maintenance so your fuel-burning appliances are inspected by an HVAC professional annually. They can discover leaks and fix the problem.
Even if you can accomplish many of the above testing and mitigation methods yourself, it’s wise to seek the counsel of an HVAC professional. For more information about reducing indoor pollutants, please contact Aladdin Heating & Cooling today. We serve residents in Novi, Berkley, Grosse Pointe Woods and the surrounding areas.
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