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Ways to Improve Air Quality in your Home

If you’re suffering from what you think is seasonal allergies – think again. The runny nose and itchy eyes could be the result of poor air quality in your home. The air in indoor environments can make you ill and those with respiratory ailments are especially susceptible to air contaminated by potential irritants encompassing pollen, pet hair, dust, and environmental pollutants.

The vast majority of people mistakenly believe that their home environments are cleaner than outdoors, but it can actually be worse and increasing with more people staying home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Air conditioning and closed windows won’t prevent pollutants from entering.

Pollution from various avenues gains access through clothing that’s worn outside, mold and mildew in high humidity climates, and from naturally occurring sources such as radon, forest fires, and ground-level ozone. The following are easy ways to improve the air quality in your home.

Air Conditioning Filters

While an air conditioning unit provides a comfortable environment, the filter is also screening out a variety of pollutants. A dirty filter doesn’t remove pollutants effectively and actually makes your air conditioning work less efficiently, leading to reduced efficiency and higher cooling bills.

Air Ducts

Dust, pet hair, and mold can build up in air ducts and as air conditioner work, contaminants are spread from room to room. Your home can greatly benefit from annual ductwork cleaning by a professional.

Air Purifiers

A whole-house air purifying system, or smaller air purifier units throughout the home, can help significantly in reducing the number of pollutants within the home. Even a single purifier in the bedroom can contribute substantially to your health and more restful sleep.

Cleaning Carpets

Rugs and carpets attract pollutants and hold them within fibers. Regular cleaning is essential. You can clean them yourself with a home steam cleaner or have them done by a professional.

Exhaust Fans

You’d be surprised how many pollutants originate in your own kitchen. Gas and electric stoves emit carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide when you cook and bake. Exhaust fans are designed to remove odors and they’re effective for venting those chemicals.

Humidity Levels

Managing humidity levels is critical for controlling the growth of mold and mildew. A whole-house dehumidifier or several smaller units strategically placed throughout the home provides an excellent strategy for combating humidity.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

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Add Duct Cleaning to your Spring Cleaning List

The ductwork in homes and businesses is one of the most overlooked areas of maintaining a healthy environment and better air quality. Clean ducts also save money, allowing heating and cooling systems to function better. Dirty ducts can actually make the people in a building sick, leading to more doctor visits and increased healthcare costs.

The air from heating and cooling systems is circulated throughout an entire structure via the ductwork system. As the air is cycled through, any contaminants are also circulated into every room. Those can range from dust and pollen to mold, along with unpleasant odors.

It’s not enough to simply change the filters. If the ducts in your home or business have never been cleaned, it’s an ideal time to schedule an appointment. The professionals will vacuum the dust, debris, and they can also determine if any wildlife has invaded your duct space.

Air Quality

Regular cleaning of air ducts creates a healthier environment and improves air quality. Having the ducts cleaned is especially important if you’re one of the millions of people that live with allergies or a respiratory condition. The humid conditions in South Florida can exacerbate the growth of mold and mildew.

Cleaning the ducts is critical after a hurricane. A wide variety of contaminants will find their way into a structure that’s been flooded that can cause you, your family, or customers symptoms ranging from headaches and nausea to fatigue, along with far more serious health problems. Ducts can foster the growth of multiple types of bacteria and fungi.

Efficiency

While it may not seem like dust, dirt and debris would cause much of a restriction in terms of the air flowing through your ducts, it does have an impact. Any type of impediment will affect the efficiency with which heating and cooling systems operate. That means the units will work harder and more often to perform their task, thereby costing you more money to operate.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

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What Is Sick Building Syndrome?

Sick building syndrome is a term that was coined to describe a building which causes the occupants to experience acute symptoms if sickness (respiratory problems and rash) that go away when they are not inside of the building. The indoor air quality in these so-called sick buildings is often a temporary condition, but sometimes it can be long term. These problems often arise when a building is being operated in a manner in which it was not designed to operate. Here are some indications that you’re in a building that has sick building syndrome.

Sick Building Syndrome Indicators

* Those who live in or work in the building complain of acute symptoms like headache, eye, nose, or throat irritation; dry cough; dry or itchy skin; dizziness and nausea; difficulty in concentrating; fatigue; and sensitivity to odors.

* These symptoms are from an unknown cause and go away when not in the building.

Sick Building Syndrome Causes

* Inadequate ventilation – If a building does not have the proper amount of outside air circulating throughout the building based on how many people are in it, this can cause sick building syndrome. In addition, when heating, ventilating, and air condition (HVAC) symptoms are not working up to par, this can contribute to sick building syndrome.

* Indoor chemical contaminants – Indoor air pollutants can come from things like adhesives, carpeting, upholstery, manufactured wood products, copy machines, and pesticides. Cleaning agents may emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including formaldehyde. Combustion products such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, can come from unvented kerosene and gas space heaters, woodstoves, fireplaces and gas stoves.

* Outdoor chemical contaminants – Pollutants from motor vehicle exhausts, plumbing vents, and building exhausts (like bathrooms and kitchens) can enter the building through poorly located air intake vents, windows, and other openings.

* Biological contaminants – Bacteria, molds, pollen, and viruses are types of biological contaminants. These can breed in heating and cooling vents; in stagnant water that has accumulated in ducts, humidifiers and drain pans; or where water has collected on ceiling tiles, carpeting, or insulation. Biologic contaminants can also come in the form of insect or bird droppings.

Sick Building Solutions

* Remove the pollutant – This includes things like routine maintenance of HVAC systems, replacement of water-stained ceiling tiles and carpeting before occupancy.

* Improve the air quality – Increase the ventilation rate in the building so it circulates outside air better in the building.

* Air cleaning – Use filters to properly filter the air. Use the proper air filter for the space depending on what sort of air particles may be in the air.

It’s important to do whatever you can to improve the air quality in a building, whether it’s where you work or live. This way everyone can remain healthy.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

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