Scottsdale Health April 2020

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/ by Erik Bryan

5 Ways to Keep a Healthy Home Could your home be making taking a toll on both your mental and physical health? Toxins, pesticides, gases and molds are everywhere, including your home. Many homeowners often overlook their living spaces when trying to get to the root of health problems. Take advantage of the spring cleaning season by evaluating the status of your house’s health. Every home’s foundation is different, but the following five tips can help improve the conditions of any living situation and avoid environmental health risks. 1. Schedule Annual Services The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality reports that carbon monoxide poisoning kills more than 4,000 Americans each year. It is an invisible gas that is colorless, odorless, tasteless, non-irritating, and can be fatal. The simplest way to prevent CO poisoning is to have your heating system, water heater, and any other gas, oil, or coal burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician.

2. Clean Windows and Use AC Mold and pollen in the house can make you sick, especially if you have allergies, and it can cause irritation to your throat, lungs and eyes. To combat this, be sure to close all the windows in your home and rely on air conditioning during pollen seasons. Additionally, every month you should do a deep clean of all window frames and sills to get rid of any mold and condensation.

3. Use Proper Ventilation Everyone is a fan of a hot, steamy bath or shower, but this can also create excess moisture in your bathroom. Have you ever noticed a foggy mirror post-shower? Extreme moisture is a breeding ground for mold, which is why you should run your ventilation fan in the bathroom for 20 minutes during and after your shower. This will also help avoid damage to fixtures and surfaces.

4. Watch Air Quality Dirty air filters can irritate your lungs, and when air conditioners get turned on, they circulate stale air throughout the home. Therefore, it’s important to make sure your filters are clean and you change them out frequently. Another solution is to use a dehumidifier to combat mildew and mold while also ridding your house of any musty smells. Other signs your home needs a dehumidifier include water stains on walls or ceilings, condensation on windows, black spots on walls and rooms with poor ventilation. 5. Clean Ducts When air ducts aren’t cleaned properly it creates a buildup of pet dander, pollen and dust, creating hidden allergens. Be sure to give it a deep cleaning vacuum and wipe all ducts down with a damp microfiber cloth.

Erik Bryan is the owner of Precision Air & Plumbing, a local and family owned air conditioning, heating, plumbing and home performance company providing quality home services across the Phoenix Valley.