Is Your House Sick?

Toxic House Syndrome is a relatively new and serious health issue that encompasses an array of ailments. Newer homes are more tightly sealed and energy efficient. While this is considered a good thing in keeping utility costs down, it can also increase indoor air quality problems.

Indoor air pollution is most serious in homes that are tightly sealed. In a typical ”leaky” house, all the air is exchanged with fresh outdoor air about once an hour, but a well-sealed house may take four to 10 times longer to completely replace the indoor air. This allows an enormous buildup of potentially harmful substances in the air. (New York Times)

There are effective ways to improve the indoor air quality of your home.

Eliminate the source of common air pollutants

  • Trade cleansers loaded with dangerous ingredients for natural cleansers or make your own. Baking soda, citrus, vinegar, and essential oils,  have naturally antiseptic properties.
  • Trade potentially toxic commercial air fresheners for air fresheners you can easily make from water and essential oils. Or you can simply simmer cinnamon, cloves and/or other herbs for a delightfully welcoming scent.
  • Trade petroleum-based candles such as gel and paraffin for beeswax or soy candles.
  • Baking soda and vinegar are natural odor-removers.
  • Wash bedding frequently in very hot water to help cut down on dust mites.
  • As cotton is the one of the most sprayed crops in terms of pesticides, opt for organic cotton products when possible.
  • Instead of petroleum-based laundry detergents and bleach, try baking soda and vinegar instead. These natural products can provide an inexpensive and effective boost to detergents.
  • Clean air conditioner, air ducts, and replace air filters often.

Ventilate adequately to improve air quality

  • Open windows and doors (even in winter) to bring in fresh air.
  • Bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans can help reduce indoor contaminants.
  • Clean air conditioners, dehumidifiers, and humidifiers regularly.
  • Maintain indoor humidity levels at 30-50%.
  • Adjust gas stoves and other cooking and heating appliances to decrease emissions.
  • Avoid plastic bottles and containers.
  • Throw away any non-stick cooking pans.
  • When possible, opt for hardwood floors and washable throw rugs.

Helpful system solutions to improve air quality

Laundry Pro

No bleach, fabric softeners, detergents, and no skin irritations. No dull, faded clothing or lingering odors, and no maintenance! Laundry Pro harnesses the power of their exclusive ActivePure Technology, which is a variation of technology originally developed by NASA researchers for use onboard the International Space Station. This technology enables Laundry Pro to get your clothes cleaner, brighter and fluffier without chemicals.

Honeywell Filter Systems

Honeywell Air Cleaners and Air Purifiers provide a healthier and cleaner home environment. The Honeywell HPA300 True HEPA Whole Room Air Purifier with Allergen Remover comes with a true HEPA filter that captures up to 99.97% of microscopic allergens. It’s also capable of gathering 0.3 microns or larger from the air that passes through the filter. The Honeywell 17000-S QuietCare Permanent, True HEPA Air Purifier, Germ Reduction removes at least 99.97% of common household particles and helps eliminate common household odors. The Honeywell 50250 True HEPA, Germ Fighting, Allergen Reducer Air Purifier with Long-Lasting HEPA Filter includes a patented 360 degree air intake and discharge that maximizes overall efficiency, while circulating the surrounding air.

UV Systems

Numerous health studies have shown that UV-C light very effectively inactivates viruses, bacteria, mold, mildew, and fungi by breaking down their DNA or RNA. UV light also is helpful in prevention of secondary allergies related to airborne allergens. However, not all UV air purifiers are the same. Let us help you with the right solution for your home.

Humidifiers

Viruses and bacteria can’t travel as well in moist air. A 2013 study showed that increasing humidity levels to 43 percent or above significantly reduced the ability of airborne viruses to cause flu infections.

Coming next: Find out which houseplant was named by NASA research as an air-purifying champion.

We are committed to helping you keep your home safe and your heating and air conditioning systems working efficiently and effectively. Call us today to arrange an appointment.

See Also: Think Your Indoor Air is Clean? Think again.

Resources:

EPA Air Study
International Agency for Research on Cancer
The World Health Organization
New York Times: “Dangers of Indoor Air Pollution” 
Dr. Axe, “Food Is Medicine

2017-08-10T11:06:01+00:00 July 18th, 2017|