One serious air quality concern is carbon monoxide, but there are small plug-in or battery powered monitoring devices that function like a smoke detector except they sniff out CO. This isn’t one you can follow your nose on as CO is an odorless and colorless gas. Carbon monoxide in large quantities can be easily lethal so keeping a constant eye on your levels is a safer method than intermittent testing.
Lead is a huge concern for the health of our homes. Lead paint was outlawed in 1978, but homes built before that should all be tested. You can order a self-testing kit from www.leadcheck.com. If lead is present it may be appropriate to simply paint over the lead thoroughly, but this isn’t a good solution if susceptible persons (children, the elderly) live in the home.
Volatile organic compounds are any elements that are easily turned into vapor or gases. These often come from chemicals we use around our homes for cleaning or they can be emitted from plastics, paints, and waxy surfaces around your home. Different air quality tests can be purchased to test for VOCs of concern to you or you can order a more expensive testing kit to check for a comprehensive range of contaminants.
You may have no idea what this is, but it could be in your air and causing major problems to your health. Radon is a radioactive gas that is odorless and colorless. It can be leeching from the soil around your home and entering your living spaces. Generally, the levels are so low it is never detected, but when radon gets trapped in your home over time and builds up, it can lead to lung cancer. Charcoal packets or canisters can be placed in the home for a period of 90 days to one year to test for radon levels.
Dilute the Bad
One easy way to keep your air quality fresh and clean is to keep replacing the bad air with good. This can come from an A/C or heating unit or sometimes you can simply turn on your fans and open the windows more often.
Get a Plant
It’s no secret that plants can improve the air quality in your home. Plants are natural filters and release fresh oxygen into the air through the process of photosynthesis. Good plants to invest in are spider plants, dracaena, ficus (fig) trees, peace lilies, Boston ferns, bamboo, and aloe vera.
Filter it Out
Cleaning your HVAC filters or replacing them regularly can help trap airborne compounds and keep them from circulating in your home. Dirty and dusty air vents can push dangerous chemicals into the air and spread them around our homes.
Clean your Home
Keeping the surfaces and upholstery in your home clean can help improve your air quality. Steam clean allergens and chemicals out of carpets and couches with a professional cleaning. Wash blankets and couch pillows regularly. Every little step can help keep chemicals and odors out of your air.
Call the Pros
If you have concerns about the quality of the air in your home, call the professionals for reliable testing and cleaning. You’ll be breathing better in no time knowing that your home is in good hands with Sears.