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Do you ever have problems eliminating odors in your home? You may have tried to get rid of odors in your home by spraying air fresheners or lighting candles. The problem with these methods is that they only mask the odors, they don't get rid of them. In fact, these methods may even cause further contamination of the home due to chemical ingredients.
What causes the lingering odors? Sometimes, poor ventilation in a home causes unpleasant odors. Moisture condensation on walls or windows and stuffy air are signs of poor ventilation. A qualified service technician can inspect your home comfort system to determine if this is indeed the problem, and the technician can also inform you whether or not your equipment is working properly.
PURIFY THE AIR
Bacteria, dust mites, animal dander, cat saliva and mold may also be roots of your home's odor problem. You can reduce these odor-causing contaminants with a germicidal (UV) light, which inhibit the growth of biological contaminants, sterilizing surfaces in the HVAC system. Germicidal lights are designed to work with your home comfort system. Activated carbon and microbiocide-treated filters can also purify your home's air. Both the carbon and the microbiocide-treated filters remove odor and kill bacteria. The carbon filters are more effective at removing odor, and the microbiocide-treated filters trap bacteria as the air is pulled through, which inhibits biological contaminants from growing. Electronic air cleaners clean the air by taking re-circulated air and passing it through a pre-filter that traps large pollutants. Then, ionizing wires give a positive electrical charge to remaining particles. The particles are collected by a negatively charged collecting section. Pollutants pass through an optional carbon filter that absorbs unwanted odors. There are several everyday steps you can take to reduce the pollutants circulating in your home, including:
1. Store household cleaners, paint solvents and chemical products in tightly sealed containers. If possible, keep them outdoors.
2. Clean and vacuum at least once a week.
3. Regularly wash bed linens and stuffed toys.
4. Keep windows closed when pollen, pollution and humidity levels are high.
5. Schedule an Indoor Air Quality test to evaluate the air in your home for dust, pollen, chemicals and other pollutants (data is evaluated by an independent testing agency).
6. Make sure your home is properly ventilated. (Modern homes are well insulated and sealed to conserve energy, which means airborne pollutants have no way to escape).
7. Keep humidity levels within a healthy, comfortable range to prevent growth of mold and mildew (25% - 55%).
8. Avoid using scented deodorizers and odor-masking air fresheners, which may cause toxic chemicals.
9. Have your HVAC system regularly inspected to make sure it is clean and in good operating condition.
10. Choose furnishings that emit the smallest possible amount of chemical vapors.
11. Do not allow smoking inside your home and make sure all gas appliances are properly vented.