In a previous blog, I noted that improved energy efficiency of newer homes sometimes leads to poor air quality. But what about older homes – and there are plenty here in the greater St. Louis area — what can be done to improve home air quality inside those?
According to the American Lung Association®, indoor air pollution absolutely poses a threat to respiratory health.
Older homes pose a different kind of risk. The danger comes from products used to build or maintain them that are no longer considered safe. If you have an older home, should absolutely consider taking steps to improve the quality of the indoor air for your family. Older homes can contain air-born volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from things like:
- pet dander
- dust mites
- hidden asbestos
- cigarette smoke (which may be absorbed into wallpaper, carpet or paint)
- mold (hidden or visible)
- old paint and varnish (that may contain lead)
- lead from lead pipes
- carbon monoxide fumes from aging heating systems
- radon from soil in crawl spaces and around foundations
- stored chemicals, insecticides, lawn and farm maintenance, inside older garages, storage structures, cellars and basements
Ricotta Heating and Air is experienced in air quality evaluation in older as well as newer homes, and is prepared to help you assess your family’s indoor air quality needs. Call Ricotta (636) 274-5900 for an Indoor Air Quality Assessment for $99 to see if your home has a problem a whole house air cleaner can help fix. Your technician can help you select the model that’s right for your home and credit your $99 toward installation and purchase.
After all, you can’t lead the rich life your deserve in a house with poor air quality!
-Lew of the Ricotta Blog Team