Indoor air quality (IAQ) does not always refer to an environment’s cool or warm air. It’s those invisible contaminants, floating around in the air that maybe the most detrimental. Three culprits: lead dust, mold, and dust mites are counterproductive to clean IAQ.
Here’s how and why to rid the home of these contaminants.
There are several types of mold in the atmosphere. Mold requires water and moisture to grow. In St. Louis, Missouri, where indoor moisture levels are often high, mold propagates when untreated.
Although mold is essential to the ecosystem, indoors, the contaminant has the ability to multiply creating mold spores. When wet and moist environments are improperly dried within the first 48 hours, it creates a rich breeding ground for mold.
To promote indoor air quality and stop mold in its tracks, there are several steps to take.
The first step to solving a mold problem is to call a plumber in St. Louis to fix any leaks, floods, or other water issues. Keep indoor humidity to a minimum or at least between 30 and 50%. Remember to interrupt condensation before it has a chance to turn into mold. Finally when cleaning mold, don’t forget to wear eye goggles and to cover any exposed skin.
Lead Dust Poisoning
Lead poses serious health complications, particularly in households with children under the age of six. Headaches, brain damage, hyperactivity, and anemia represent a few of the ramifications of exposing children to lead. An expectant mother with lead exposure increases the chance of a miscarriage, fetal damage to the brain, or even a premature birth.
In St. Louis, homes built before 1978, lead poisoning can be a serious threat. When hiring a contractor for renovations, make sure that the company is compliant with paint and repair lead renovations rules. Please visit the EPA website for more information on lead poisoning prevention and federal regulations.
Dust mites wreak havoc on allergy sufferers. Because dust mites thrive in humid indoor climates, reducing moisture is the first step to elimination. Turn up the air conditioner to eliminate dust mites and improve indoor air quality. In addition to giving the home a good dusting, be sure to vacuum carpets furniture and any other materials prone to accumulate dust.
Hoffmann Brother’s, a local HVAC contractor, recommends investing in an air purifier to thwart dust mites and improve IAQ.
Please call 314.664.3011 to inquire about indoor air quality and your St. Louis home.