Indoor Air Quality - Bathroom and Kitchen

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Indoor Air Quality – Bathroom and Kitchen

Did you know that according to the Environmental Protection Agency indoor air quality is four to five times worse than outdoor air quality? This is because pollutants like pet dander, dust and other pathogens get trapped inside. Proper ventilation is essential for a healthy home. Of course, there are easy ways to ventilate your home like opening windows, but what is a good solution for the winter, when you can’t open windows because of poor weather conditions? And what rooms need it the most?

It’s no shocker that ventilation is especially important in the bathroom. The humidity in this room makes it a prime place for bacteria, mold and mildew to thrive. Proper ventilation can allow you to manage the amount of moisture in this area. A great way to take care of this is to install a ventilation fan and run it after you take a shower.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), exposure to indoor pollutants causes 4.3 million pre-mature deaths each year. Breathing in these pollutants can cause pneumonia, heart disease, and other illnesses. Moisture in the air can also foster the growth of bacteria, the bacteria that creates staff infections as well as strep throat in particular.

Kitchens are another prime area for pollutants in the home. Burners can cause small particles to get into the air, gas stoves create carbon dioxide, dishwashers, and cooking release moisture into the air. The moisture can cause these pollutants to linger, especially if you don’t have a proper exhaust system. Contamination can easily be transported through the air, and require you to sanitize surfaces more often. Basically, you just NEED proper ventilation in these areas!

What can you do to better the air quality in these areas and prevent mold, mildew and bacteria from infiltrating your life?

                There are a few different things you can do to improve your air quality:

Make sure that your HVAC system isn’t contributing to your air quality issues! You can do preventative care with routine maintenance and system inspections from our team of highly qualified, and certified technicians. Not only does this help preserve the lifespan of the system, save money, and prevent mechanical issues, but routine cleaning can prevent your system from spreading pollutants around your home. You also want to make sure that you have the correct size HVAC unit for your home. Oversized units can spread bursts of cold air, but don’t actually dehumidify the environment, which can harbor mold growth.

                Get a dehumidifier if you don’t have one already. Some HVAC systems will already dehumidify the air, but this is an easy step you can take to make a huge impact in your home.

                Spot ventilation is a good solution for bathrooms and kitchens in particular. Exhaust fans can be installed, and this will help remove humidity. Plus, effective fans can be both quiet and durable.

                Buy an air ionizer from Action Mechanical! We have the top air ionizers available in the industry. Ionizers work by killing bacteria and mold spores by depriving them of hydrogen, leaving you with the clean, fresh air you deserve! Talk to one of our expert staff today, and start improving the quality of the air in your kitchen, bathroom, and entire home! Give us a call today at 605-348-5212.


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