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The Hazards of Poor Home Air Quality

Poor home air quality negatively affects your home and has the chance to affect health too. Learn more about preventative measures you can take.

June 7, 2022

Let’s face it, air quality isn’t always ideal, especially with exhaust and fumes courtesy of cars, planes, and other fossil fuel-dependent vehicles. While advances in technology have given us ample benefits, the pollution risks from them have, so far, been unavoidable. Poorer air quality is an obvious byproduct of this reality. 

With poorer outdoor air conditions, indoor air quality can also be negatively affected. Did you know that ~90% of people’s days are spent indoors. Furthermore, the summer heat wave has moved many of the outside regulars to the indoors with the comfort of air conditioning blanketing their body. This creates the chance for serious risks to arise when (and if) people don’t breathe in healthy and pure air or they have poor home air quality. Thankfully, there are things you can do to ensure good indoor and home air quality. 

Ventilation 

When there is not enough outside air coming inside, pollutants start to multiply. If you feel like your home is getting stuffy or stale, consider opening up your windows and doors as much as possible. Just as someone switches over the laundry, switch over the air. 

The easiest way to “get new air” is done by circulating air from the outside through opening windows and doors. But with record high heat this summer, this may not be beneficial. Instead, try running the exhaust fans in your kitchen or bathroom so that it can draw the yucky smells, chemicals, or particles out of those rooms. Not only does this freshen and raise the quality of air: It also helps ensure that unhealthy fumes aren’t remaining in your home. Lastly, don’t forget to change your filters on a regular basis, or else the exhaust fan won’t perform it’s job optimally. 

Measure Levels 

There are many devices you can purchase and use to check the level of radon in your home. This colorless, odorless, and radioactive gas can be extremely harmful to you and those living in your home. By checking these levels, you can see what needs to be done to correct your air quality.

Not only is radon harmful: There are many other pollutants that can go undetected due to poor ventilation. Again, measuring the levels in your home can significantly improve your health. Before testing, check your local health department to see what levels are correct for your home. 

You can also install our HomeHealth Assessment to save you the hassle in the long run. Be aware of your home’s health scores with detailed reports, insights, and more all from a mobile app to prevent any unexpected issues. 

Weatherizing and Waterproofing 

If your home is prone to water damage, leaking, or other weather-related problems, then your home is at a high risk for mold and mildew. Moisture, when it goes unnoticed, negatively affects the quality of your indoor air. Need a quick fix? Install a dehumidifier, fill in all the holes and cracks, or upgrade your Shipshape Solutions appliances in your home. These three solutions can help moderate and control mold growth due to humidity in your home. 

Improvements to Poor Home Air Quality

Where should you go for more information on poor home air quality? Head over to the FDA and other local environmental protection agencies for all the information you may need regarding your home’s air levels. If you want to monitor your home yourself, consider installing or upgrading your home’s technology with our Shipshape Solutions technology. With our products, you can measure all kinds of levels—from ventilation, mold, moisture, and more.

Visit our website and contact us for more information. We look forward to connecting with you to make your home fresher, cleaner, and smarter.

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