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Improving Air Quality in Your Apartment or Condominium

Posted in Air Quality, on December 12, 2016

When we think about air pollution, we usually think about the outdoors - automobile exhaust; industrial smog; or simply haziness in the air. The truth is, indoor air is often more polluted than outdoor air. In homes and offices, indoor air might be polluted without even knowing – and with everything from house dust, to fire-retardants, to volatile chemicals, to infiltration of radon gas. Whatever the nature of the pollutant, it’s important to either prevent it or resolve it quickly. Children and the elderly are particularly sensitive to indoor pollutants, and continuous exposure only makes things worse. Even dust mites and pet dander can cause undesirable symptoms, and spending more time indoors doesn’t make things any better. No wonder indoor air quality is now a high priority for many, especially for those who reside in apartments or condominiums. The good news is that poor indoor air quality can be rectified, often easily, sometimes professionally.

Always a good idea to operate the range hood when cooking (or open a window)

Apartments and condominiums generally have smaller square footage than a typical home. The fumes and smoke from cooking therefore build up quite quickly. Whether dangerous or not, it all contributes to unclean air. Using the range hood regularly is a good habit, and keeping air filters well maintained is also advisable.

When taking a bath or shower, it’s important to use the exhaust fans regularly

Making use of the bathroom exhaust fan will keep humidity levels in check, and will avert mold growth (very common in the shower stall). Musty smells could be a sign of mould and/or mildew, a situation that needs attention. Any sign of mould growth indicates a problem that might need the attention of a professional.

Today, it’s prudent to curb the use of cleaning products that contain chemicals

Chemical cleaners, especially those containing harsh compounds or strong fragrances, should be limited or avoided. As an alternative, cleaners with natural ingredients are preferable, even to the point that some homeowners make their own (with vinegar, baking soda, etc.). It’s better to avoid exposure to harsh chemicals.

Avoid purchasing furniture and/or flooring that may emit formaldehyde fume

Today, with so many new manufacturing methods, man made furniture and flooring can “off-gas” certain fumes including formaldehyde. Clearly, apartments and condominiums have spaces that are more confined that a conventional family home. As such, chemical fumes are also much more confined and concentrated.

Where necessary, use a domestic Indoor Air Test to detect harmful pollutants

There are a host of indoor air pollutants that can’t be seen or smelled. And while a do-it-yourself Indoor Air Test might be good as a first step, the best way to be sure about indoor air quality is to have a professional assess the premises. A professional services firm will sample and test the air, and provide reliable findings. Using sophisticated testing equipment, they will precisely detect and identify a wide range of air pollutants, and get to the bottom of any indoor air quality issue.

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