In theses days of Covid19 we should all considered the air quality in our home. It’s easy to forget about something invisible, but clearing the air is worth a quick look. Obviously I can’t see air quality problems with a routine home inspection, but here are a few ideas you might consider to keep your home safe and healthy.
1. Test for radon gas and install carbon monoxide detectors.
You can’t see, taste or smell radon and carbon monoxide, but these indoor gases can be dangerous to your health and safety if left undetected.
- Have your home tested for radon when buying or selling a house. The EPA has more information.
- Purchase carbon monoxide detectors from any hardware store and install at least one on every floor of your home. If you have a garage, it’s a good idea to put a carbon monoxide detector there, too.
2. Run an air purifier to clear allergens and pollutants.
Improve your indoor air quality by filtering out pollen, dust, pet hair and other irritants. If anyone in your household becomes sick with COVID-19, running an air purifier in their quarantine room may provide protection from floating virus particles. HEPA air purifiers can also help remove smoke particulates from wildfires.
3. Use a dehumidifier.
Is your home prone to dampness? Keep your humidity level under 50% to prevent mold growth. Run a dehumidifier as well as the exhaust fan in your bathroom after every shower.
4. Follow these daily best practices.
In addition to the above items, these simple habits can help maintain your indoor air quality:
- Open windows in each room as weather permits.
- Run the exhaust fan in your kitchen during and after cooking.
- Put doormats inside and outside your main entrance to catch dirt and germs. And consider a “no shoes” rule for inside.
- Vacuum and dust regularly.
- Change your air filters often.