Homeowners should make plans to have their air ducts professionally cleaned on a regular basis. If you have pets or open the windows of your home along with the everyday reality of living in your home, your air ducts can become clogged with pet hair, dust, dander and dead skin cells. Every time your furnace turns on you run the risk of ingesting/breathing in those impurities. Consider how much you suck up with your vacuum cleaner or your broom on a regular basis then multiply that by how long it’s been since you’ve had your air ducts cleaned and you may be rushing to the telephone!
Not only will a professional air duct cleaning clear the air in the home and allow you to breathe easier by improving the air quality, but it will save you money on your energy bills because the air fill be able to flow through the ducts more freely.
There are other ways to keep the air in your home purified as well. Basement waterproofing professionals suggest you start at the lower levels, typically where the furnace is located. Clean and change your air filters regularly to help the furnace function more efficiently and to help you breathe cleaner air. If you have an air conditioner, whether a whole-house model or a window unit, you will want to change those as well. Filters in the furnace and the air conditioners should be checked and replaced once a month for optimal performance though there are some filters that last longer.
Radon is an invisible, radioactive atomic gas that results from the radioactive decay of radium, which may be found in rock formations beneath buildings or in certain building materials themselves. Radon is probably the most pervasive serious hazard for indoor air in the United States and Europe, and is probably responsible for tens of thousands of deaths from lung cancer each year. There are relatively simple test kits for do-it-yourself radon gas testing, but if a home is for sale the testing must be done by a licensed person in some U.S. states. Radon gas enters buildings as a soil gas and is a heavy gas and thus will tend to accumulate at the lowest level. Radon may also be introduced into a building through drinking water particularly from bathroom showers. Building materials can be a rare source of radon, but little testing is carried out for stone, rock or tile products brought into building sites; radon accumulation is greatest for well insulated homes. The half life for radon is 3.8 days, indicating that once the source is removed, the hazard will be greatly reduced within a few weeks. Radon mitigation methods include sealing concrete slab floors, basement foundations, water drainage systems, or by increasing ventilation. They are usually cost effective and can greatly reduce or even eliminate the contamination and the associated health risks.
Mold, which typically starts in the basement is another issue that homeowners need to pay attention to as mold can cause numerous health issues and needs to be addressed at the root cause – getting rid of the source of the moisture. Any kind of mold can be problematic for individuals with health or breathing issues and could even lead to allergies or asthma. Working with a basement waterproofing professional offers you peace of mind that he can find and address any moisture issues before they lead to mold growth.
Once you’ve evaluated and eliminated the problems associated with mold, mildew and water in your basement, you may want to consider E•Z Breathe. E•Z Breathe replaces traditional dehumidifiers and ensures clean, fresh air flows throughout the home improving the air quality. You can learn more about the benefits and features of E•Z Breathe by visiting the product page here.