Air Quality in Your Home
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Have you ever thought about air quality in your home? I’m kind of crazy about wanting my home clean and just the way I like it, but most of us (at least I don’t) don’t think about the air. Sure, I vacuum, wash the floors, dust, etc., but I don’t really ever think about the air or my ducts. I also never think about mold, because that just sounds terrifying in your home! But besides the cleanliness of getting your ducts cleaned and checked for mold there are also a lot of health benefits. Allergens, dust mites, pet dander, mold spores, and more can be in your air and make it hard for you to breathe. Who wouldn’t want those things eliminated from their home and the air they’re breathing?
I’m lucky that I don’t have terrible allergies, but my eyes do water and get red occasionally due to them. I have friends who need to take allergy meds all the time or else they’d be miserable. Anything from dust in the house to pollen outside can ruin their day and have them in tears from allergies in minutes. I was going out to dinner with my friend recently and as soon as we got in her car she began sniffling and her eyes were so watery she looked like she was crying. Luckily, she had brought allergy medication with her, but that’s how hard it hits some people! Suffering from allergies is bad enough outside, but to be bothered by them inside your own home is an even bigger pain. Who wants to be worried about allergies in their own home?
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There are a lot of things you can do to try to get rid of or prevent some of these allergens in your home such as washing bedding and curtains regularly, getting rid of carpeting, keep windows and doors closed. But it’s hard to ensure especially since a lot of these allergens are invisible to the naked eye. And I don’t even know if you can rid mold on your own. I’m guessing not. I think that’s something you have to get professionally taken care of. I mean, even if you could do it yourself – I wouldn’t! Mold can spread and cause serious health problems. I spent most of the spring and early summer house hunting and in one of the townhouses I was looking at there was a basement. My mom and I went down to take a look and it was super damp and my mom thought she smelled mold. Good thing I didn’t really care for the townhouse at all because if there was in fact mold there it would’ve been a dealbreaker for me. Home buying is stressful enough – no need to throw in there issues like mold! But if you already own the home and there’s mold then I suppose it would be easier/cheaper to take care of rather than moving!
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There are companies like Nash Everett that can help you with a variety of services. The New Jersey based company was started by Gary Szymanski with the purpose of not just improving home but lives. The name actually stands for the two most important people in his life, his two children. He himself was faced with mold issues within his home and needed a solution. His prior knowledge of being a lead project manager with GreenWorks Environmental, he took a leap and opened his own business.
They offer mold removal, property investigation & microbial testing, moisture management, duct cleaning, and indoor air quality services. The air quality services include investigating and testing for chemical, nicotine, allergy, odor, ventilation, and air purification.
If you think it’s not that big of a deal and you shouldn’t pay to get your ducts cleaned for instance, you need to take the possibly serious health issues seriously. I’m not just talking about sneezing because of some dust on your carpet. I’m talking about asthma, headaches, dizziness, and even long-term issues such as respiratory diseases, heart disease, and even cancer. There are preventative measures you can take like a ventilation system to prevent damp mold from contaminating your house. You can use an Austin Air Cleaner which filters 99.97% of all airborne particle matter larger than 0.3 microns. Being proactive can help you prevent air quality related health problems as well as save you a lot of money down the road if small problems left untreated turn in to big problems. And if you’re a homeowner you know that when it rains, it pours. It’s like just when you’ve paid for some big home project, something completely unrelated in your house falls apart. The expenses pile up fast so why not be proactive in your home and cut down on the possibility of some nasty surprises.
In my opinion, getting your home evaluated, cleaned if need be, and putting in preventative measures is worth it. It would give me peace of mind that my home is as clean as possible from all those invisible pesky mites and particles!