Can “Blue Light” Affect Your Air Quality?

Light pollution is not an unfamiliar term to most. In fact, light pollution has now infiltrated our own homes. Blue light, also known as the light coming out from your smartphone or laptop, can be damaging to the eyes. But did you know that blue light affects more than just your eyes?

Artificial light can ruin the circadian rhythm – your body’s internal clock. Studies have shown that the more time we spend on our electronic devices at night, our sleepless nights become more frequent. Light pollution is now a global issue. We cannot avoid the bright nights in almost any large city around the world. Nowadays, people can’t even count a handful of stars from their home at night. It is important to stick to the natural schedule and sleep when it’s dark out and wake up when the sun comes back around. Now, how does blue light contribute to this type of pollution?

Note: not all lights are created equal. Blue light emits blue wavelengths. Pretty much all of our devices emit it, which in turn can help boost our mood and attention span. Now, when we use this light at night, it disrupts our relaxation time. A 2019 report by Oregon State University states that blue light exposure is also linked to aging skin. So what can we do to prevent this type of pollution and exposure?

Try to incorporate a warmer light temperature in your household. Research shows that red lights actually have the least damage on melatonin and internal clocks. Avoid looking at blue light (screens) a few hours before bed time. You should try to get as much sun or light exposure during the day and not at night. If you work at night and need to look at a screen, you can order special glasses which filter out the blue light. There are also screen filters or applications you can download for your smartphone.

Nonetheless, if you need an air quality test in your home or business, call us today. We also specialize in radon testing and mold removal in the Dayton, Ohio area and beyond.

Photo by Andras Vas.

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Spring Cleaning

Welcome to Spring! Well, the calendar states that spring break is near, although there might be some snow outside. Nonetheless, we’re excited to talk about spring cleaning. Our favorite time of the year here at Environmental Doctor in Dayton, as it’s the perfect time to freshen up the house. Plus, it’s also the perfect time to assess how well your indoor air is circulating.

Getting Rid of Stale or Stuffy Air

We have all experienced it at some point in our lives, stuffy air. Most of us usually don’t notice it until we leave the house and then re-enter hours later. You know who can notice stuffy air faster? Guests or visitors in your home. Not only is it a bit embarrassing, but this stuffy air can mean a bigger problem. Stuffy air occurs in rooms which are not well ventilated, which explains as to why an attic or basement has its own sense of smell. Stuffy air in a room or throughout the house can also mean that there’s moisture in the walls, ceilings or floors. In time, this can lead to mold and mildew if left untreated.

Indoor Air Quality

Testing out the indoor air quality of your home is a great start for that spring cleaning to-do list. There are many air pollutants which are invisible to the naked eye. Especially after a huge spring cleaning job. You just never know what has been breeding in moisture for months or years and what’s being exposed indoors. Sometimes, air quality can be improved with a scheduled air duct cleaning. Allergies worsen at this time of year, naturally. But some allergy symptoms which persist all year long can be linked to indoor allergens. If your home is overdue for duct cleaning, give us a call and one of certified technicians can inspect your home as soon as possible. Live outside of Dayton, Ohio? We service a vast area in Ohio from Cincinnati to Springfield and more.

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New Year, New Indoor Air Quality

New Year’s Resolution 2019! What’s on your list? Indoor Air Quality?

Here at Environmental Doctor, we have plenty on our new years checklist for 2019. And it has nothing to do with personal fitness. We like to think of it as personal endeavor to keep our indoor air quality at its best.

Our personal New Year’s checklist for home air quality includes the inspection of air filters, air ducts, smoke detectors, fans, pollutants, humidity levels and mold. Just to name a few.

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Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) specifically refers to air quality within and around a structure (whether in a home or commercial space) and how it relates to common pollutants and your overall health. According to the EPA, we spend 90% of our time indoors and studies have shown that indoor air pollution is 2 to 5 times higher than outdoor air pollution. There are many sources for indoor air pollution and some of the most common ones include: airborne particles, indoor formaldehyde, household odors and gases, ozone, and carbon dioxide.

Other types of indoor pollutants include tobacco products, household cleaning products, central heating and cooling systems and humidification devices, building material and furnishings. Although this information is a lot to take in, we don’t want it to scare you. For this new year’s resolution, we want to educate our readers on the types of indoor air pollutants.

Plus here are some tips to help alleviate your indoor air quality immediately: open windows periodically as HVAC systems only recirculate air, use exhaust fans, use doormats and vacuum and sweep regularly no matter which season it is. Although some of our readers battle with dry heat during the winter months, others may have excess moisture in their home. Opt on buying a dehumidifier to remove moisture and which helps prevent mold growth in certain areas or specific rooms in your home.

Happy New Years!

Licensed Doesn’t Always Indicate Certified

The following video discusses the important difference between certified and licensed professionals when it comes to mold testing. While a license is required for a professional to perform work, a voluntary certification can test beyond the basics of initial licensing. Adam Andrews from the American Indoor Air Quality Council provides helpful tips for consumers to consider when researching a professional to handle Indoor Air Quality issues.

 

 

For an IAQ Certified professional in the Dayton area, contact Environmental Doctor today. From air duct cleaning to mold remediation, we provide comprehensive solutions to indoor air quality concerns.

 

 

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3 Easy Tips to a Healthier Home

Indoor air quality is an extremely important aspect of owning a home. Unfortunately, it is one of the items that is often put on the back burner, especially for a homeowner with a limited budget. Below are 3 ways to make your home healthier without emptying your wallet.

1.      Leave Shoes at the Door

Pesticides make their way into your home in multiple ways. By doing something as simple as leaving your shoes at the door when you enter our home, you can decrease the amount of pesticides entering by as much as 90%.

2.      Open the Windows

In this case, a drafty house is actually beneficial. Houses often accumulate contaminants since there is no way to cycle them out. Especially with newer homes that aren’t drafty, be sure to air out your home about once a week by opening the windows and doors. Of course, don’t forget to turn off all heating or air conditioning before doing so.

3.      Indoor Plants

Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, many indoor plants can also help reduce contaminants in the air. Another side benefit – plants help reduce static during the winter months when humidity levels in homes can drop due to the increase in warm air flow.

These small steps can get you on the path towards healthier, cleaner indoor air quality. For more information on indoor air quality and the best ways to ensure your home is safe, contact Environmental Doctor today.