Creating a safe home environment goes beyond having a strong foundation and de-icing your driveway. Sometimes, the most subtle problems are the most harmful. Poor air quality and mold, for example, are both hidden contaminants within the home. They can also cause monumental health concerns and decrease the overall quality of the home. When homeowners and even renters learn of the threats from mold and poor air quality, they need to look for solutions.
Below, we’ve awarded the comments we found most valuable. Check back later in the week to see what other advice we have for determining the most effective methods to prevent mold and improve air quality in your home.
What can homeowners do to improve the quality of air in their homes?
Which products help contribute to healthy interior air in homes? Drywall? Paint? Filtration systems? Ventilation systems?
What are the leading causes of poor air quality or circulation in homes?
How can homeowners or renters prevent the growth of mold in their homes?
What do you do after you discover mold in your home?
What behaviors can homeowners change to improve air quality in their homes?
"Improving air quality in your home can be done in a few basic steps. Begin by eliminating any materials in your home that trap allergens. Choose resilient flooring over wall to wall to carpet. Use area rugs and clean them seasonally. Buy bedding that contains hypo allergenic fill. Reduce the amount of dust on shelves and on the tops of cabinets and clean light fixtures regularly. Indoor plants can also help with producing oxygen." read more
"Fortunately, there are solutions to leaky ductwork. First, check exposed and accessible ducts for cracks and leaks. This easy-to-reach portion of the ductwork can be manually sealed using metal tape (not duct tape!) or mastic sealant on the outside of the ducts. The rest of the system can be sealed using a newly developed aerosol-based duct sealing technology that works from the inside of the ductwork. This has to be applied by professionals but it is an easy, unobtrusive process that takes just a few hours to complete." read more
"One last word of advice about exhaust fans, everyone hates the noise and may not use them all the time. Think of a paddle fan at the ceiling, it’s almost silent. If you think moving the fan motor to the outside will change things, it really won’t. What you are hearing is the air rushing through the ducting. If you have the opportunity to run the largest ducting circumference you can based on the manufactures specifications, do it. The noise level goes down. Once people understand that it’s actually the air moving and not a loud motor they seem more agreeable to using fans." read more
"Products that can help include: NO-VOC paints/stains/adhesives, recycled carpeting or carpeting made from natural fibers (such as wool) along w/a rubber backing/pad, HEPA filters/hvac system, proper ventilation in the bathrooms/kitchen to inhibit mold/mildew growth & LIVE PLANTS. Just 1 live plant for every 100 sq feet can act as a natural air purifier in your space!" read more