New Years Indoor Air Quality Goals

Congratulations! We made it to 2021. What a year 2020 has been, and although it always feels like a fresh start when a new year rolls around, we feel it now more than ever. So, with that said, let’s talk about indoor air quality goals.

Indoor air quality is something we take for granted. Without proper knowledge of our home or office indoor air quality, we are blind to what could be harming us. Most indoor air pollutants cause health effects that take a long time to show any signs of. Let’s help you and your loved ones stay safe this new year by conducting an air quality test in Dayton. Set up a consultation with our experienced staff today. We are located in Dayton, Ohio, and our service areas include Northern Cincinnati, Butler and Warren Counties, Springfield, Piqua, and Eaton areas.

What are the main reasons why your home’s indoor air quality has worsened over time? For starters, proper ventilation is one of the most critical factors for better air quality indoors. If ventilation stays poor, overtime can affect humidity levels and even work performance or sleep quality. Speaking of humidity, this is a massive culprit to mold problems. Pests, dust mites, and insects are also sources of indoor allergens. This brings us to our next important factor, duct cleaning. You should consider having your air ducts cleaned if there is persistent smells or evidence of vermin, rodents, or insects living in your air ducts. We advise you not to inspect or try to clean the air ducts by yourself. You should always call a professional, at Environmental Doctor, to do a proper and safe inspection.

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How to Have the Best Air Quality Over the Holidays

How to Have the Best Air Quality Over the Holidays

The Holiday Season is officially here. Not only are more families aware of their health during this time, but indoor air quality is also a top priority. During the wintertime, being indoors means cooking slow meals all day long, watching television with our loved ones while staying cozy on the couch, and lighting up fall scented candles. But a foul-smelling basement is definitely not on the list. How can you achieve the best air quality over the holidays?

Have you ever walked into someone else’s home, only to notice the smell of a damp carpet or mildew? Perhaps it is slightly covered by candle or fabric spray, but the scent lingers. Well, it affects the air quality of your home. The good news is – if you know where the musty smell is coming from (like from an old mop), then you can solve the problem. The bad news – if the smell has been lingering around for weeks, months or even years, you need to call a professional. Your home could be dealing with a radon or mold problem, past due duct cleaning, sump pumps, backup systems, or in need of crawl space liners and air cleaners.

How to have the best air quality over the holidays

Not only could a damp smell be bad for your air quality and overall health of you and your loved ones, but it can also be the source of a larger issue. Over the years, our company has performed successful indoor quality tests to get the answers you need. Our team at Environmental Doctor does it all, from basement waterproofing to mold removal and water intrusion problems. Staying comfortable indoors is a top priority while it’s snowing outside.

Don’t delay your inspection; the holidays deserve to smell nice and clean for you and your guests. We are located in Dayton, Ohio and serve all of the areas surrounding Dayton. From Springfield to the East, Piqua to the North and Eaton to the West.

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Air Quality and COVID-19

Air Quality and COVID-19

How does indoor air quality impact COVID-19 transmission?

As the weather gets colder and people are spending more time indoors, healthcare professionals and engineers believe that indoor air purifiers could play a role in helping protect your family from COVID-19.

Air purifiers are not a cure-all, CDC guidelines should be closely followed regarding hand washing, social distancing, and face masks. However, personal air purifiers for your home or office may offer an additional layer of protection when used in conjunction with these other recommended precautions.

It is widely accepted that the coronavirus can spread in multiple ways. It is unclear how much droplets, and contaminated surfaces, compared to aerosolized particles are responsible for contributing to the transmission of COVID-19. Yet, according to the technical lead for WHO (World Health Organization), the probability of airborne transmission especially in specific conditions, such as closed, and poorly ventilated indoor settings — cannot be ruled out. More about this can be read at the WHO’s scientific briefing.

Can air purifiers provide an additional layer of protection by removing a percentage of virus particles from the air?

Air Quality and COVID-19

At first air filters were not thought to be very effective at removing the virus from the air since COVID-19 particles are too small for a HEPA filter to reliably catch. However, when these micro-droplets are exhaled by a human they are embedded in saliva and mucus, in fact, the virus cannot live in the air without this protective coating. Thankfully, this also makes the virus particles significantly larger and easily filtered out by quality air purifiers. Recent tests indicate the use of indoor air purifiers can decrease concentrations of virus particles in the air, thus providing a clear benefit by reducing the potential for exposure.

Learn more about the best air purifier for you by taking advantage of in-depth research and reviews in this comprehensive guide from Consumers Advocate. Remember that personal air purifiers also filter out allergens, dust, and chemicals. Although a quality air purifier can be expensive. In this case, the potential benefits outweigh the costs. Think of it as a healthcare tool and investment in your health and future. Indoor air quality is important, and with the additional threat that COVID-19 poses, it is better to be safe than sorry. Schedule a home air quality test from Environmental Doctor and make a plan to improve your indoor air quality today!