As New Englanders dig out from last week’s historic blizzard, a silent threat is creeping into their homes: mold. The snow accumulation on roofs and the high drifts against homes will soon start to melt as temperatures increase.
You can control a key variable associated with proper air quality in your home by maintaining relative humidity levels.
Anyone who has watched the Weather ChannelEverybody’s heard the weather report and grasp the concept that excess humidity is muggy and low humidity is dry.
1) Cap your sump pit. A properly capped sump pit will reduce radon gas, which is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. An added bonus: you deter the mice and rats from an unnecessary watering hole.
2) Change your air filters. Clean air filters will reduce the amount of harmful debris and particulates in the air.
There are many materials from which to choose, and professional floor refinishers who aren’t out to sell a particular product can recommend materials based on the dryness/dampness of your basement floor and its condition, whether it’s smooth, cracked or nicked.
In the winter, fresh air is cold air. And your home and business are built to keep the cold air out. But you can keep the air inside fresh year-round and conserve energy at the same time with the use of a heat-recovery air exchanger, also called an air-to-air heat exchanger.
An average home should have at least .35 air changes per hour (ACH).
More and more people are looking to finish their basements to increase overall property value and expand their space. It is still a common practice to finish a basement with carpeting, but this is not the best course of action. Carpeting and basement simply don’t mix.
Homeowners in New England may not think that their basement took in water from Hurricane Sandy, but hidden moisture may exist within carpeting and walls. This moisture can seep into the basement foundation, leading to very favorable conditions for mold growth, IndoorDoctor President Jeffrey Bradley warns.
Expect greater legislative enforcement of pharmacuitcal companies, specifically drug compounding centers, as the outbreak of contaminated drugs from The New England Compounding Center of Framingham, Mass expands nationally.
IndoorDoctor, a New England based indoor air quality testing firm, has seen a steady rise with indoor air quality concerns during winter months. Simply put, more people spend their times indoors when it’s cold outside.