Indoor Air Quality As a society, we have taken indoor air quality for granted in our homes. According to the EPA and other world government agencies, indoor air pollution has been ranked #1 in environmental health concerns. The EPA also goes on to state that 50% of our illnesses are caused by poor indoor air quality. Did you know that 87% of our lives, on average, is spent indoors? Indoor air pollutants are higher than ever, containing chemicals, mold, microbes, viruses, dirt, debris, radon and possibly lead particulates. Tidy Clean specializes in offering Indoor Air Quality products and services to address the hazardous allergens present in your home. We are an IICRC certified firm who is licensed, bonded and insured. We have a strong understanding about how Indoor Air Quality can affect the health of you and your family. Our goal is to identify the types of microbes and particulates present in your home in order to develop a plan to return the health of your home to a normal state. Servicing the Mankato, MN and surrounding areas, we can send out a certified technician to take the proper readings and tests. Once the report is generated, we can get to work on providing strategies to improve indoor air quality in your home. Ways to Improve the Indoor Air Quality in Your Home If you are experiencing a stuffy nose, increase in severity of your allergies, the quality of the air in your home may be the culprit. Here are some simple techniques you can apply yourself to help improve the indoor air quality. Keep Your Floors Clean Making sure dust, dander and other particulates are vacuumed more frequently is a good start to improving the air quality in your home. Beyond your standard vacuum cleaner or mop, look into products that contain HEPA filters, which capture and trap tiny microscopic particulates that could serve as irritants. Find a filter that is washable, and make sure to address every area in the home that has fibrous materials. This would include carpets, furniture rugs and even areas of the walls where dust is prone to accumulate. Vacuuming and mopping with a product that uses HEPA filtration 2-3 times per week is recommended to see improvements in the indoor air quality of your home. Keep humidity levels in the home around 30%-50% As we have mentioned previously, mold spores and dust mites thrive on moisture. The lower the moisture levels in your home, the better chance you have at keeping these hazardous particulates at bay. Investing in a dehumidifier and keeping the air conditioner on in the summer months will help address any access moisture in your home. In addition, with the proper use of filters, air conditioning units can help decrease particulate levels in the home, another plus for occupants who are prone to allergies. No Smoking Allowed Cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 pollutants. The presence of second-hand smoke in the home can increase the risk of ear infections in children, respiratory infections, cancer, asthma, and other types of breathing problems. Not to mention if you are the smoker, the nicotine can cause cancer, heart attacks and other health problems. Not only does the smoke affect the indoor air quality of the home, but it also seeps into fibrous materials making it difficult to remove. Tidy Clean for Indoor Air Quality If you are concerned about the Indoor Air Quality of your home, and have tried to improve the air with no luck, give Tidy Clean a call. We will send out a certified technician to take the proper readings and develop a plan to address the indoor air quality of your home. We provide a wide range of products and services that will help address dust, particulates and chemicals living in your home. Indoor Air Quality Audit Duct Cleaning Ventilation Options HEPA Filters for HVAC Systems Humidifiers Dehumidifiers Every home is different, so each solution we provide will be based upon the individual needs of your home. Once a solution is addressed, will provide an initial deep cleaning to address any accumulated dust or particulates in the area. Using HEPA filtered vacuum cleaners with wet/dry filters, we will be able to capture hazardous particulates that may be living in your carpet and upholstery. We will then clean your HVAC systems as applicable and provide the best filers to keep the air in your home as clean as possible. If you would like a certified Indoor Air Quality professional to evaluate your home, call Tidy Clean today. Tidy Clean covers the Mankato, MN and surrounding areas for your indoor air quality needs. To schedule an evaluation, call 507-344-1742.