According to a survey funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Americans spend a whopping 90% of their time indoors. This statistic necessitates an in-depth assessment of the conditions inside your home, especially in popular areas such as the kitchen and bathroom. In light of Indoor Air Quality Month, your kitchen remodeling company DreamMaker Bath and Kitchen of Greater Grand Rapids offers these tips to achieve healthy indoor air for your home.
Indicators of Poor Indoor Air Quality
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) refers to the air quality within commercial, residential, or any building in relation to the health and comfort of the occupants of the structure. It may not be apparent, but your home can become host to a number of pollutants. To assess whether your house has a poor IAQ, look out for mold, mildew and lingering unpleasant smells. Be wary of constant headaches, sneezing, congestion and other symptoms of allergies as well. Even if these indicators are absent or not as significantly felt, poor IAQ will manifest in a generally stuffy atmosphere.
Improving Your Home’s IAQ
The bathroom and kitchen deal with perhaps the most amount of activity in your home, in turn becoming the primary contributors to the general IAQ of the house. It makes sense to focus on improving these areas. Exterior remodeling won’t achieve much in this regard. However, you could pay special attention to your ventilation system. A range hood and an exhaust fan can work wonders for your kitchen and bathroom.
Certain harmful chemicals and toxic compounds are produced during the cooking process. Make sure your kitchen is properly equipped to deal with these pollutants and lingering cooking smells by installing a heavy-duty vent hood. It’s good practice to leave your vent hood running for at least 10 more minutes after cooking. Remember to clean the range hood filters every month to ensure optimal performance.
Your bathroom is one of the primary sources of moisture in your home. If left unattended, moisture can become a breeding ground for nasty mold and mildew. Luckily, vent fans can prevent moisture accumulation. Choose vents that direct moisture outside the house. You may consult your bathroom remodeling contractor regarding this setup.
Achieving healthy indoor air quality can be a breeze with a little help from professionals like DreamMaker Bath and Kitchen of Greater Grand Rapids. We are a faith-based organization that aims to achieve excellence through integrity and client-centric customer service. Contact us at (616) 200-7495. We serve East Grand Rapids, MI.