How to Create an Asthma Friendly Home
With the onset and spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), all of us are aware now more than ever of the importance of clean, healthy air. But 25 million Americans were already suffering from asthma issues, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, which include “repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing.” If that sounds like your lungs, then you should pay special attention to the list of ideas below to help you create an asthma-friendly home. But even those of us who are fortunate to live without asthma or respiratory problems can benefit from the following list of things you can start doing today to improve your indoor air quality, not to mention your quality of life.
- Open the Windows. We tend to think of air pollution as being something that only is a problem outdoors but according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside of our homes and other structures is actually more polluted with potentially toxic particles than the air outside! The simplest and cheapest way to impact this problem is to open your windows and let some fresh air circulate throughout your home on a regular basis. Ventilation can be that easy, especially in the spring and summer months, so air things out!
- Dust and Clean. While you’re at it, spend a regular amount of time cleaning and dusting all the surfaces throughout your home, especially the nooks and crannies that are harder to reach but can be perfect breeding grounds for mold and other spores that will decrease your indoor air quality over time. When you’re dusting, try to make sure you’re not just spreading it around — find creative ways to capture the particles with a variety of dusting products available at your trusted local store or favorite online retailer. We can’t emphasize enough how important this step it is for minimizing the symptoms of your asthma. And once again: even if you don’t suffer from asthma itself, you’ll be doing yourself and your lungs a huge favor by getting rid of the dust, dirt, dander and lint that has been floating around your home and into your nose.
- Air Duct and Dryer Vent Cleaning. While we’re on the topic of lint, we want to remind you how much of a dust and dirt magnet your dryer and HVAC systems can be. As they circulate air throughout your home, they’re also pushing particles of nastiness into the spaces where you’re enjoying time with your loved ones. Eventually, these particles can cake all throughout your ductwork and the internal components of your HVAC and dryer systems, leading to decreased efficiency and increased utility costs. So we recommend that you consider a routine air duct and dryer vent cleaning service from a local service provider. This will help reduce your risk of asthma and related symptoms of illness that easily result from poor indoor air quality.
- Mold Inspection and Mold Testing. You might not want to think about it, but there could be a mold infestation somewhere in your home that is contributing to reduced air quality and increasing your risk of an asthma attack. You can buy a DIY mold testing kit and try to conduct your own inspection, but we recommend hiring a professional mold remediation service provider for this kind of extensive analysis so you’ll be sure that you didn’t miss the spots that are lurking behind your walls and other surfaces. Professional mold mitigation crews can find those hidden threats and give you lasting peace of mind that mold isn’t another thing on your list of asthma triggers.
- AdvantaClean: For a Truly Asthma Friendly Home. Since 1994, AdvantaClean’s locally-owned franchises have been providing American homeowners and tenants with the best indoor air quality services available. From the attic above to the basement below, we can tackle any moisture control problem or indoor air quality issue that has been creating health issues for you and your family. Why try to DIY something as complex as an air duct cleaning, or so meticulous and time-consuming as a dryer vent cleaning? Let our experts handle all of the details for you, and all at a price you can afford. Minimize your risk of asthma triggers and respiratory-related issues by contacting us today. Our crews are standing by ready to give you the service you deserve and show you why we like to say that it’s not clean until it’s AdvantaClean!
Learn more about Indoor Air Quality here: Is the Air in my Home Healthy?