Tips To Optimize Your Home Air Quality

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

 These days we are spending more and more time at home. If you are a non-essential worker, it's likely that you are working at home. Chances are your children are at home at least part-time for school. With all the time we are spending indoors, it's important that the air quality of our homes is the best it can be. Indoor air quality is often overlooked as it isn't something that is immediately noticeable. We can't see it or smell it, so we tend to ignore it until we start to suffer possible side effects.

We recently had an issue in one of our bathrooms where mold had begun to grow and eventually spread. It was cause for concern since mold can be very unhealthy, especially for those who suffer from respiratory issues such as asthma. Mold is considered an indoor air pollutant, and if left untreated, mold will spread throughout your home and cause serious respiratory and overall health problems.

Luckily for us, we didn't have a widespread mold issue, but what we did have was a ventilation issue in the bathroom. Although our ventilation fan was operable, it wasn't pulling the humidity out of the room. The fan had to be replaced, and voila! We haven't had mold since having the new fan installed.

However, if you think you may have a mold issue, it's important to have it checked out by a professional. If you are local to the Jersey shore, Nash Everett provides indoor air quality guidance and provides answers and corrective measures to remedy the problem. Nash Everett specializes in mold remediation that goes beyond spraying or "fogging". The experts at Nash Everett provide an in depth examination of the problem areas of your home and offer the best solution to rid the environment of mold.

Nash Everett provides a no-cost estimate for Ocean Township customers' mold removal for customers who qualify. To qualify for a free estimate, you must:

  • Mold is limited to one area in the home and is visible.
  • You have already had a mold inspection which calls out the work to be completed.
  • You are looking for a competing estimate.
  • You are selling a home and are looking to be proactive in corrections called out by a buyer’s home inspector report.

If you don't have a hidden mold problem but have a visible one, Nash Everett provides a moisture management plan to help you eliminate moisture and therefore keep mold at bay in high-moisture areas of you home.

Other ways to optimize air quality in your home include:

  • Adequate Ventilation - As was the case in our bathroom, our ventilation system wasn't optimal, and therefore, humidity wasn't being redirected out of the home. Check any ventilation fans in your kitchen and bathrooms to be sure they are working correctly and are properly vented to the outside.
  • Invest in a Dehumidifier - Dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air and curb the growth of mold and dust mites. They also reduce the presence of allergens and irritants. They are most commonly used in damp areas such as basements, but are more recently being placed in bathrooms to control humidity there.
  • Replace Air Filters - A general role of thumb is to replace your air filters every 90 days if you reside in your home full time. However, if you have pets or suffer from dust allergies, your air filters should be replaced every 60 days.
  • Use an Air Purifier - If you suffer from indoor allergies (dust, pet dander, etc.), consider investing in an air purifier. When placed in commonly used areas, air purifiers help to trap irritants that often trigger allergies.
  • Let Fresh Air In - Whenever possible, open the windows and let the fresh air in. Even in colder months, it's important to allow fresh air in to circulate and to let the stale air out.

* All photos appear courtesy of Nash Everett.

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