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Air is an absolute necessity. Without air, survival is impossible for us. The risk is always there; various scientific organizations are constantly evaluating the state of our oxygen supply, with some being bold enough to predict when it will run out (if the current rate of decline remains consistent). Air pollution is a constant drain on the fresh air supply, both inside our homes as well as in the world outside of it. Granted, we still have a relatively abundant supply of oxygen; however, according to the National Geographic, a great percentage of the air in our atmosphere today is greatly polluted.

Indoor Air Quality - South GA - Homestead Chimney

Here at Homestead Chimney Service, we understand that as homeowners it is a top concern for you to make sure that your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ) is at the highest level possible to ensure that you’re providing your family with the safest environment possible.

A Clean House is a Happy House…Right?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air is often more than 10 times (and sometimes more than 100 times) more polluted than outdoor air. This can be attributed, at least partially, to the use of harsh cleaning chemicals and solvent-based cleaners. Not only are they potentially toxic to everyone in your home (especially those little ones that always seem to be opening up that cabinet under your sink), they are also one of the most notorious air pollutants present in one’s home.

Smoke in Your Home is a Definite IAQ Killer

The presence of any smoke inside your home is a definite detriment to the air quality. We’ve all been inundated with ads telling us how harmful smoking can be, and doing it in the house is even more detrimental. Minimizing the presence of smoke in your home is of the utmost importance as far as your IAQ is concerned. Harmful smoke is not caused by tobacco products alone however; unmaintained chimneys are another major obstacle. Your fireplace is a potential source of carbon monoxide (CO) and combustion pollutants, especially if it’s not properly maintained. Try to resolve these issues as soon as possible to ensure an improved level of air quality.

Excess Moisture can have Damaging Effects on your Health

The accumulation of excess moisture can and will lead to mold growth under the right conditions. The accumulation of moisture can lead to various scenarios that all lead to air pollution. It is impossible to get rid of all mold and mold spores in your home; some mold spores can be found floating through the air and in the dust in your home. The mold spores will not grow if moisture isn’t present. If there is mold growth in your home, it must be cleaned up; the water problem that allowed the mold to grow in the first place must be fixed as well. Having an inspection completed by a professional will be your best course of action. If the mold is cleaned up, but the water problem isn’t fixed, then, most likely, the problem will return shortly after it’s cleaned up.

Adequate Ventilation is a No-Brainer

Your home needs to be well ventilated in order to ensure the proper flow of air in and out of your home. Open the doors and windows around your house to ensure that air can freely flow in and out whenever possible. Make sure to check that all your venting systems are working properly and are free from and defects that could cause them to negatively impact your home’s IAQ.

It’s important to consider the potential effects of indoor air pollution carefully. Keep woodstove and fireplace emissions to a minimum. Make certain that doors in old woodstoves are tight fitting. Use properly seasoned wood. Have your fireplace, flue, and chimney inspected annually; promptly repair cracks or damaged parts. Blocked, leaking, or damaged chimneys or flues release harmful combustion gases and particles and even fatal concentrations of CO. Proper maintenance is the key in this equation. If you have questions or concerns about your home’s IAQ, please give us a call. We’d love to work with you. Contact us and let Homestead Chimney Service help you today.