Were you aware that the air we breathe inside our homes is very often much worse than the air out of doors? Having some knowledge of the reasons for this is helpful as poor air quality indoors can start to affect our health and well-being. In this month’s blog, we are going to briefly consider one of the reasons for poor indoor air quality, biological pollutants.
Put very simply, biological pollutants are living organisms or parts of them. Some of the most common types present in a house come from dust mites, pet dander, cockroach remnants, pollen, viruses, and bacteria. Perhaps you are thinking that your home does not have any of these, but the fact is that they are found in practically every house, floating microscopically in the air.
Although we have mentioned that biological pollutants are found in pretty much all homes, is there anything that can be done to reduce them? Certain conditions help bio pollutants to thrive, high humidity being one of them. Biological pollutants require moisture and nutrients to flourish, humid areas such as bathrooms and damp basements provide these conditions. So, by trying to lower humidity levels in the home, you will also be helping to reduce the number of bio pollutants.
Another way to reduce humidity indoors is with a humidifier or air conditioning unit. Be aware, though, that if you do not thoroughly clean these on a regular basis, they could encourage bio pollutants instead of reducing them. Even some modern building techniques and construction materials can inadvertently encourage biological pollutants. The reason for this is that many modern designs prevent air outside from entering the building.
If you are concerned about your home’s indoor air quality, why not contact us? We will be happy to advise you.