If not properly controlled, allergens can pose a significant health problem. Solutions for keeping allergens at a minimum include air filtration as well as cleaning of coils, ducts, and filters. Your air filtration system does a lot of work to keep your air fresh and clean, but it can’t do that job if it’s dirty. If you have pets, or even a large amount of dust from a recent home improvement project, talk to a professional about getting your air filtration system serviced.
Bacteria and Mold
Bacteria and mold are common problems that no one wants in their home. You can remove mold with vinegar or diluted bleach, but you’ll also need to take steps to keep it out of your home. Running a dehumidifier will help keep humidity under control while you keep an eye on problem areas to check for growth. These additional steps will also help to reduce the risk of mold:
- Limit the length of showers
- Limit yourself to a few house plants (the moist soil adds humidity to the air)
- Fix plumbing leaks as soon as possible
- Clean any new mold growth promptly
If you are addressing a mold issue on your own, always wear gloves and a mask for protection.
If you do not feel comfortable doing it yourself or DIY methods aren’t solving the issue, call a professional to remove the mold for you. Consider having whole-home dehumidification installed to help control moisture levels and prevent future growth.
Humidity imbalance can cause a variety of problems. Mold, allergens, and infections thrive in humid environments, while dry air can cause congestion and dry, itchy skin. Any excess water can cause an imbalance in humidity. Inspect your home to identify any areas with condensation on windows, discoloration on walls or ceilings, loose drywall tape, or peeling paint. If these signs of excess moisture are present, use your ventilation fans or exhaust to decrease humidity. After a heavy rain, you may notice a rise in humidity. Cleaning your gutters will prevent leaks in your roof, which is a leading cause of water damage and mold.
Regulating your indoor humidity level can be as easy as getting a dehumidifier, opening a window, or moving your plants. If these methods aren’t providing the results you need, it’s time to call a professional. The best way to consistently maintain a healthy humidity level is with a built-in dehumidifier installed onto your HVAC system. If you have a walk-in humidor, indoor pool, wine room, art gallery, or a spa, check with a professional about the specific microenvironments they require.
Solving a stale air problem can be as easy as cleaning your vents to make sure they aren’t contaminating the air that’s passing through them. If the weather is nice, simply opening a window will help. If the stale air is persistent, it may be time to have your ducts and vents professionally cleaned. Experts recommend getting your ducts cleaned every four to five years. You may also consider getting a quote from a professional on a new ventilation system.