Many of us believe the dangers of bad air quality lie outside our homes, such as air pollution from cars, buses, and industrial plants. However, the truth of the matter is that there are dangers from bad air quality right in our own homes. And women and children often experience it more than men do because they are more often in the kitchen, where much of a home’s pollution originates.
If you are concerned with the level of air pollution in your home, a professional can analyze your air quality and offer you tips on how to improve it. You may also be due for appliance upgrades, which can replace the older appliances in your home that may be emitting harmful fumes. Ambient Edge can help you select the appliances that are right for your home. Call us at 888-230-5160 for more information.
Heating oil is one of the largest sources of air pollution inside the home. Studies have found levels of air pollution tend to be highest in neighborhoods with homes that burn either No. 4 or No. 6 oil, which are the more common heating oil types used in residential homes. If you are using heating oil to heat your home, consider switching to a greener alternative, such as geothermal heating or pellet stoves.
While fireplaces sound ideal in winter weather, the sad truth is that the same cozy glow you’re enjoying from your fireplace actually contributes to air pollution. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers tips to help you burn the “right” wood in the “right” ways, and in the “right” appliances. This way, you can still enjoy burning wood, but you can do it in a much safer and greener way that helps the planet and everyone living in it.
Radon is one of the scariest air pollutants out there because it is odorless and colorless. You may be exposing yourself to high levels of it in your home every day without even being aware of it. The likelihood that your home has a higher level of radon increases with every crack in your foundation, which allows radon from the soil to leech into your home.
You can purchase a radon kit to test the air quality in your home. If you find high radon levels, don’t panic. Your chances of developing lung cancer from radon increase over time, so the sooner you improve radon levels in your home, the better.
If the test shows a high level of radon (anything over a four), then you can hire a professional contractor in your area to fix your foundation. This is one of those situations where “there is no ‘safe’ level” of radon, so if your test shows a number between a two and a four, you should still get the issue fixed, even if it’s not what the test would consider a “high” level of radon.
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Many older homes (those built before 1978) still have asbestos products in them. Asbestos was not only used for insulation but can also be found in everything from vinyl flooring to old roofing materials and pipe insulation. When the fibers in asbestos release and float into the air, we can breathe them in. These fibers can lodge in the lungs and cause problems decades later, ranging from pleurisy to lung cancer and, in the worst of scenarios, mesothelioma.
The best way to get rid of asbestos is to hire a qualified contractor to remove it and replace it with a product that does not contain asbestos. Take care in choosing a contractor, as not everyone is qualified to specifically remove asbestos, and this is certainly not the kind of job with which to take risks!
Dirty HVAC Systems
When you have a company like Ambient Edge perform routine maintenance on your HVAC system, then you can typically get ahead of the kind of moisture build-up that leads to in-home air pollution. However, if you don’t regularly have your air vents cleaned, bacteria and mold can develop in the moisture build-up in your ducts, pipes, coils – even your humidifier. You certainly don’t want your air systems blowing these pollutants throughout your home, as this is the kind of bacteria that can lead to Legionnaire’s disease, a severe form of pneumonia.
Worried About the Quality of the Air in Your Home? Ambient Edge Can Help!
If you are concerned about the dangers of bad air quality affecting your home and family, your first step is to determine where, if any, the dangers in your home are so that you can start eliminating them. The best way to do that is to hire a professional to inspect your home, then begin making improvements where necessary.
Ambient Edge can help you upgrade the appliances and plumbing in your home to make both your home and the environment safer places to live. We can also help clean and upgrade your HVAC equipment to help you and your family live your best life. Fill out the contact form on our website or give us a call at 888-230-5160, and let’s get started!