In our last post, you read about things you can do in your home to help improve air quality.  But what about those things that you can’t do on your own- those things that need a professional?  Here are five professional services that can help:

HVAC Service 

Ah!  Heat.  Air conditioning.  Two great comforts when needed.  But the HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) system is often one of the most neglected parts of a house.  Many homeowners don’t think to have regular maintenance.  But, just like your car, it’s needed to keep the system running efficiently.  We recommend having an HVAC company service your system at least twice a year – in the time leading up to both the cold and hot parts of the year when you’ll need it most.  The service will make sure the system is running properly, check for leaks or damage, make sure coolant levels are appropriate, clean mechanical parts, and make any adjustments that are needed.  It is well worth the money to have your HVAC system serviced as repairs can be costly, and a system that runs properly will go a long way to improving the air quality in your house.

 

Pest control

Don’t like to see a bug crawling across the floor, or worse, your ceiling? Most people don’t! Bugs carry many things that contribute to poor air quality – especially cockroaches. For this reason, we suggest setting up a regular service with a pest control company. They come to your home at scheduled times throughout the year and treat for any pests they find. They will usually return between appointments if pests are found. An added benefit: they will check for termites as well. Pests are a leading cause of allergy triggers. Control them, and it can make a difference in your air quality.

 

Carpet cleaning

We can vacuum, sweep, and mop every day and still leave dirt and dust behind which can cause allergy problems for many families. If you feel like your efforts are not enough, you might consider a professional cleaning service. These companies have specialized cleaning equipment that can deep clean carpets. They can also clean furniture, curtains, and blinds. The average homeowner will often clean floors, yet neglect couches and chairs where we sit (and often nap during movies or football games). We don’t often sit or lay on the floor, so don’t forget about the places that do come into contact with our clothes, hands, and face. 

 

Fix leaks

Leaks of any kind need to be fixed quickly, including roof leaks, plumbing leaks, air leaks around windows and doors. Find a professional to make these repairs. Roof and plumbing leaks can lead to mold and organic growth.  Air leaks caused by poor weatherstripping or caulking can lead to air allergens entering your house.  Better to have these issues fixed as soon as it is discovered.  

 

Remove mold, for good!

Finally, if you do find mold or other organic growth, have it cleaned as soon as possible.  It seems obvious to say, but the longer mold is present, the more likely it is to negatively affect the air quality of your home and cause breathing problems. And don’t just clean up the mold. It’s important to find what is the source of the mold? Likely, there’s a high moisture issue somewhere. Find the source and have it corrected too. This will help prevent the mold from returning in the future.  

 

For these professional services, an old saying is true – ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.’  A little maintenance and regular service can prevent major issues. Remember – just like your car – your house needs regular maintenance. So, schedule some professional maintenance soon and help improve the air quality in your home.