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How to protect your home’s air quality

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By : Paul Escobedo    99 or more times read
For most homeowners air quality control means changing the air filter on the A/C unit, this is of course an important task, but there are other issues that can not only harm you and your family, but some can potentially kill.

Known as the silent killer carbon monoxide poisoning can be present in the home and you would never know it. Carbon monoxide is the byproduct of fossil fuels being burned. The largest contributor to carbon monoxide being dispersed within the home is wood burning fireplaces. A chimney can become blocked by something as simple as a birds' nest. Your gas-fueled furnace and water heater also emit certain levels of carbon monoxide. The easiest way to protect you and your family is to install several carbon monoxide detectors within your home. Place them in all of the bedrooms. Install the detectors as close to the floor as possible, and keep them away from drafty areas that may cause a false safe reading.

Another area of concern is your air handler. This unit moves air within your home. In most homes they are located in a closet. Be sure to keep this area clean and clear of harmful chemicals. Never use this area as a storage space for harmful cleaning chemicals or paints. If any chemicals were to leak in the same space as your air handler the noxious fumes would be dispersed within your home causing a major health risk to you and your family. Try to always store harmful chemical is proper containers and as far away from living spaces as possible.

Adding an exhaust vent to your volatile chemical storage area will also prevent fumes from building to dangerous levels. Installation of an exhaust vent is an easy D.I.Y. project. If you are not comfortable working with electrical wiring, they make solar exhaust fans that require no wiring at all. Make sure to select an exterior wall of your home to install your new exhaust vent in. Never vent one room to another within your home, even if the other room is never used.
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