Air Quality Home
Air Quality Home
There are things that you as a homeowner can do to make your home indoor air quality healthier.The indoor air can be worse than outdoor air. Today many houses are built or remodeled without taking into account the factors that ensure the indoor air fresh and healthy. Our homes are built today with more force, contain many furnishings, appliances and products that can influence and affect the indoor air quality.
Signs of problems of indoor air quality include:
Asthma and allergic reaction and moldy symtomsstrange odorsstale or lack of detectable covered heating Aira airdirty central or pipes or faulty air conditioning and fire equipmentdamaged chimneysunvented combustion air sources for fossil fuels humiditythe appliancesexcessive presence of fungi and health mildewadverse respond after remodeling, air conditioning, bringing new furnishings, household products and the fans, and move into a new house, and feel noticeably healthier outside the house.Some Fast Facts:
indoor air quality can be worse than the materials from outside air.Problems construction used in housing construction, the intrusion of moisture, insects, pets, appliances, radon, materials used in household products and furniture, smoke and other sources.Health effects ranging from mild irritation to major health risks.Remedies include ventilation, cleaning, alteration of moisture intrusion, and following the manufacturer's instructions when using household cleaning uses products.Common sources of air quality problems
Poor indoor air quality can come from many sources. At least some of these contaminants can be found in almost any home: moisture and contaminants biological, such as fungi, mold, dust mites, animal dander, and cockroaches, high levels of humidity, inadequate ventilation, poor maintenance and humidifiers and air conditioners, combustion products, including carbon monoxide, from unvented fossil fuel heaters-space with no ventilation gas stoves and ovens, and a copy of the wording of boilers and water heaters; formaldehyde durable press drapes and other textiles, particle, radon, which is a radioactive gas from soil and rock beneath and around the house foundation, groundwater wells, and the creation of some, such as cabinets and processing furniture, and adhesives materialshousehold products and accessories, such as aerosols, paints, solvents, air fresheners, hobby supplies, dry cleaned clothing, adhesives construction, and additives used in carpets and furniture, which can release volatile organic compounds (VOCs), asbestos, found in most homes built over 20 years. Sources include deteriorating or damaged pipe insulation, fire retardant, acoustical material (like tiles ceiling) and floor dust tileslead lead-based paint, which is created by removing paint by sanding, scraping and burning, particles of dust and pollen, fireplaces, stoves firewood, kerosene heaters and unvented gas heaters space, and snuff the smoke, which produces particulates, combustion products and formaldehyde.put in Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide
Install a smoke detector in each room or adjacent hall.If have gas or other fossil fuel appliances in the home detectors.Combination install carbon monoxide detectors, smoke and carbon monoxide are available at most home centers like Home Depot.Check frequently.The batteries contamants If airflow outside into the house threw the air pollutants rise and accumulate to levels that can be hazardous to your health unless they are built with the limited means of mechanical ventilation, homes that are designed and constructed to minimize the amount of outdoor air that can "filter" inside and outside the home may have higher levels of contamination of other houses. Some weather conditions can drastically reduce the air exchange rate, contaminants can build up even in homes that are commonly considered as leakage.
How does air outdoors into a home?
Outdoor air enters and leaves a house by infiltration, natural ventilation and mechanical ventilation. In natural ventilation, air moves through open windows and doors. Air movement associated with infiltration and natural ventilation due to air temperature differences between interior and exterior, and wind. With the infiltration of outside air flows into the house through openings around windows, doors, floors by and ceilings, joints and cracks in the walls. Finally, a number of mechanical ventilators, the fans vented outdoors to remove the air of a room individual, such as bathroom and kitchen, air conditioning systems that use fans and ductwork to continually remove indoor air and distribute filtered and air conditioning outdoor strategic points throughout the house. When there is little infiltration, natural ventilation or mechanical ventilation, type of change is low pollution levels may increase so they can contain contaminants that breath.Some asbestos tiles.
Solution: Inspect for damage or deterioration. Do not cut, remove sand, or remove any material that contains asbestos. If you make changes that might disturb the asbestos, or if the materials are a little damaged, contact a professional asbestos remedial retirement. Call your local health department or state or the Environmental Protection Agency.
The Moisture encourages biological pollutants such as allergens, like mold, mildew, dust mites and cockroaches.
Solution: Eliminate sources of moisture. Install and use exhaust fans. Use a dehumidifier, if found necessary. Remove mold and mildew by cleaning with a bleach solution (1 cup bleach to 1 gallon water). Keep the air fresh with natural air circulation and mechanics.
Your fireplace can be a source of carbon monoxide and combustion pollutants.
Solution: Open the tube when using the fireplace. Have the flue and chimney inspected annually by a licensed chimney sweep exhaust drafting obstructions pipe, cracks, excess creosote, and injury. Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to protect your family!.
An air conditioner can be a source of biological allergens.
Solution: Empty and clean the water pan often. Follow all service and maintenance, including changing the filter regularly.
Gas and kerosene heaters can release carbon monoxide and combustion pollutants.
Solution: Never use unvented kerosene or gas heaters. In the room where the heater, provide fresh air by opening a door to the rest of the house, turn on a fan, and a little opening a window.
Snuff smoke contains harmful combustion and particulate pollutants, including carbon monoxide and combustion byproducts.
Solution: Do not smoke in your home or allow others to do, especially around children. If smoking can not be avoided indoors, open windows and use exhaust fans.
New curtains can be tuned with a formaldehyde-based finish and emit odors for a short time.
Solution: Before hanging, air curtains eleviate odors. After hanging up, the air in the area. Maintain moderate temperature and humidity.
Paint manufactured before l978 may contain lead.
Solution: Stop painting quiet lead-based if it is in good condition. Before removing paint, test for lead. Do not sand, burn or remove lead-based paint yourself. Hiring a person specially trained animals to correct lead-based paint problems.Many create airborne allergens such as dander, hair, feathers and skin.
Solution: Keep pets outdoors as much as conceivable. Clean the house regularly. Deep clean areas where pets are allowed. Bathe the pet allergens regularly.Biological caused by dust mites can trigger asthma.
Solution: Clean and vacuum regularly. Wash bedding in water hotter than 130 degrees F. Use more finishes hard surface, but are less likely to attract to and keep dust mites.
unhealthy and irritating fumes may be released from products chemical cleaning products and similar products.
Remedy: Select non-aerosol and non-toxic products. Use, apply, store and dispose of them according to the manufacturer's instructions. If products are concentrated, label the storage container with dilution instructions. Use a product thoroughly before container.Pressed discarded wood cabinets can be a source of formaldehyde was Gasing.
Maintain moderate temperatures (below 80 degrees) and humidity (less than: 49% solution). When buying new furniture, solid wood or metal cabinets select, or those made with phenol resin, emit less formaldehyde. Ventilate the area after the installation.
Unvented gas stoves and ranges of products are sources of carbon monoxide and combustion and dangerous.
Remedy: Keep appliance burners clean. Periodically have burners adjusted Install and use an exhaust fan. Never use a gas range or stove to heat home.
Organic gases are released from chemicals in some personal care products such as deodourant, hairspray, toner, shampoo, nail polish and perfumes.
Solution: Select produce odor free products or low odor. Select non-aerosol varieties. Open a window or use an exhaust fan. Follow the manufacturer's instructions when using the product and disposal of containers.
Air fresheners can release organic vapors.
Solution: Open a window or use an exhaust fan. Follow the manufacturer's instructions. Select natural products.
Steam humidifiers and vaporizers Cold can encourage biological allergens, including mold, mildew and cockroaches, which can trigger an asthma attack, and encourage the spread of virus and bacterial growth.
Solution: use and clean these devices according to manufacturer's instructions. every day with fresh water refill.
Moth repellents often contain the pesticide paradichlorobenzene.
Solution: Avoid breathing vapors. Place in an airtight container. Stored separately, away areas of life.
Chemicals used in the dry cleaning process of organic gases emitted.
Solution: Bring odors to the attention of your dry cleaning. Try to air dry cleaned goods before bringing them into the house. Seek alternatives to dry cleaning, such as hand washing items. Consider using cleaners that use green the newer, non-toxic solvents and methods to clean clothes.
Unvented gas clothes dryers produce carbon monoxide and combustion byproducts and can be a fire hazard.
Remedy: Regularly dispose of lint around and under the dryer. Provide air for the units gas. Vent the dryer directly to the outside. Clean the lint filter, ventilation and ductwork regularly.
gas and oil furnaces and boilers and gas water heaters can cause air quality problems, including copies of the drafting of carbon monoxide and combustion pollutants.
Solution: Have your furnace and water heater, including gas piping and venting, inspected every year.
Asbestos pipe wrap and furnace insulation can release asbestos fibers into the air.
Solution: Check regularly for damage and deterioration. Do not cut, remove sand, or remove any material containing asbestos. If you plan to make changes that might disturb the asbestos, or if the materials are only slightly damaged, contact a professional remedial certificate for the repair or removal.
Soil moisture encourages biological allergens, including mold.
Solution: Inspect condensation on the walls, standing water on the floor, and leaking sewage. To keep your basement dry, prevent outside water entry by installing gutters and downspouts, not the water near the foundation, the soil properly the degree of distance from the house, and by applying waterproofing sealants to the wall interior of the basement. If you have an accumulation of standing water, consider installing a sump pump. If sewage is the source of incoming water, sewer have a professional cleaning. If moisture has no obvious source, install a fan controlled by humidity levels. Remove the mold. Regularly clean and disinfect the drain on the ground.
Radon is invisible, radioactive gas that raises the risk of lung cancer.
Solution: Examine your home for radon. An inspector Radon Test experience in your home and a licensed contractor to mitigate your home if your radon level is 4 picocuries per liter (pCi / L) or higher.
Chemicals in hobby products such as solvents, paints, glues and epoxies emit organic gases.
Solution: Follow the manufacturers instructions for use, ventilation, application, cleaning and storage of containers and disposal. Use outdoors when possible. When using indoors, open a window or use an exhaust fan. Resealable containers tightly. Clean tools outside or in a well ventilated area.
Car and small engine exhaust are sources carbon monoxide and combustion byproducts.
Solution: Never leave vehicles, lawn mowers, snowmobiles, etc, are running in the garage.
Paints, solvents and cleaning products can release harmful vapors.
Solution: Provide adequate ventilation when using them. Follow the manufacturer's instructions. Buy only what you need. If products containing methylene chloride, such as paint remover, and use outdoors. Reseal tightly. Keep products in their original containers, labeled. Clean brushes and other materials from abroad. Consider using non-toxic organic products whenever possible.
Pesticides and fertilizers used on the patio and garden can be toxic.
Solution: Use non-chemical methods whenever possible. Follow the manufacturer's instructions to mix, apply and store. Wear protective clothing. Mix or dilute these products outdoors. Provide ventilation when using indoors. Keep them out of home in their original containers, labeled. After using the product, remove your shoes and clean your hands and clothes to avoid bringing the chemicals in your home.
Indoor air pollution and health
Health effects of indoor air pollutants may be experienced soon after exposure or, possibly, years later.
Immediate effects may occur after a single exposure or repeated exposures can take. These include irritation the eyes, nose and throat, headaches, dizziness and fatigue. Sometimes the answer is as simple as removing the person's exposure to the source of pollution. Symptoms of some diseases, including asthma, hypersensitivity pneumonitis and humidifier fever may also occur soon after exposure to some indoor air pollutants.
The risk of immediate reactions to indoor air pollutants depends on several factors: age and pre-existing medical conditions are two important influences.How a person reacts to a pollutant depends on individual sensitivity, which varies greatly from person to person. Some people may be sensitive to biological pollutants after repeated exposures, and it seems that some people may be sensitive to chemical pollutants, as well. A complete inspection and laboratory tests can help identify the culparts.
Some immediate effects are similar to those of colds and other viral diseases, so it is often difficult determine if the symptoms are the result of exposure to indoor air pollution. For this reason, it is important to pay attention to the time and place symptoms occur. If the symptoms diminish or disappear when a person is away from home, for example, an effort should be made to identify the possible cause. Some effects on health can be aggravated by a lack of fresh air, or heating, cooling or humidity conditions that exist at home.
Other health effects may appear years after exposure has occurred, or only after prolonged or repeated periods of exposure. These effects, which include some respiratory diseases, heart disease and cancer, can be severely debilitating or fatal. It is important to improve indoor air quality in your home, even if symptoms are not noticeable.
While common pollutants found in indoor air are responsible for many diseases. The concentrations and exposure periods are needed to produce specific health problem, but they are different for each person. People react very differently to exposure to pollutants indoor air. Further investigation and tests are needed to better understand what health effects occur after exposure to average concentrations of contaminants found in your home, and are produced from the highest concentrations in short periods of time. Indoor air pollutants can be a source of the disease. IAC2 hire a certified inspector training in air quality for your next home inspection.
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About the author: Michael Maseline, owner of A+ Inspections, licensed general building contractor, certified inspector, indoor air quality consultant, mold inspector and building science thermographer, serves the tri-county area of San Diego, Orange and Riverside in So. California. Phone: 1-888-239-6969Website: http://www.aplusinspections.net Email: email@example.com
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