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There are several HVAC systems on the market today. From wood-burning furnaces/stoves to cleaning materials, cooking with heavy oils, family size, pour ventilation, dirty ductwork and pets can all impact the quality of air in your home which can and will impact the quality and overall health.
Most people spend a great amount of time in their homes, especially in cooler climates, and indoor air quality has been linked to all kinds of health-related diseases like asthma, allergies, and cancer to name a few. That’s why finding a home inspector to measure the air quality is so important for the health of your home and your family. Something as simple as changing the carpet and cleaning your air ducts can reduce impurities by up to 40%.
The truth of the matter is most hardware stores will sell products that should never be installed in your home such as indoor dryer vents for indoor venting. This is such a bad idea on so many levels. Think about the lint trap that all dryers have and because hardware stores sell these products consumers think that this will help with their heat bill because during the winter months it supplies moisture in the air. However, moisture in the air in the home can cause a problem especially if you have hardwood floors where it will cause your wood to expand and contract to cause your floor to ripple.
Damaged parquet floor because of humidity and moisture, bending and come out, image captured by smartphone
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Typically, anywhere between 30% and 50% is an acceptable humidity range. If your humidity level is consistently above 50%, this can be a prime breeding ground for mold spores and mildew.
Think of it this way, the drier your home environment is the better. But, depending on the person, you may experience some symptoms from low humidity. These include irritation of the eyes, nose, and mouth, sore throat, or dry cracked skin. In addition, the dryer vent that blows air inside your home is also blowing lint into the air reducing the air quality significantly.
Mold is another issue that can cause health problems for your family. Children at the age of five and younger tend to put things in their mouths including those little fingers that touched the window sill that may have mold spoors. This is common on older wood windows and trim. But mold doesn’t stop around your windows it can be found in your attic, basement, walls, ceiling, and in your kitchen cabinets. Mold will grow anywhere that will allow its roots to dig in for exponential growth. According to Center for Science Education, Extreme heat or cold can contribute to poor air quality.
Mold in the corner of the plastic windows.
In the cooler climates, homeowners are warning their homes with ductwork that may be unclean. PM 2.5 describes particulate matter that is 2.5 microns in size. They are tiny particles produced mainly by factories, cars, and chemical reactions in our atmosphere. These particles are not visible to the naked eye. But, during inversions, you might notice haze, which is made up of PM 2.5, PM 10 (particles 10 microns in size), and other pollutants.
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Also, it should also be mentioned that when buying your new home the last homeowners may have had pets, smoked, have had, or still do have fuel-burning appliances, furniture, and paints that have formaldehyde among other sources. This is why it’s important to have proper ventilation including but not limited to gas stoves because if you purchase a home with a gas stove without adequate ventilation, it can become hazardous to your health.

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The quality of the air you breather has a huge impact on the health of you and your family. PKMS Home inspectors provides air quality tests for your home.
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