Make Sure You Don’t Forget These Crucial Air Quality Tips During Your Next Home Remodel
Deciding to go through with some major renovations to your home will take good planning, parsing out a reasonable budget, and then dealing with the work being done in the home.
However, there’s one part of the remodeling process that people often forget, and that’s maintaining good air quality. We have a few tips to help achieve this.
Contain Work Areas
If you’re going to be tearing out walls, ripping out old linoleum on the kitchen floor and replacing it with tiles, or putting new tiles in the kitchen, opening up the space, or redoing a bathroom.
It’s pretty much guaranteed that a lot of dust—such as torn up drywall—is going to be hitting the air in the home.
Make sure that these work areas are properly blocked off with plastic or some other barrier. This is very important, as dust in these amounts, once it starts distributing itself through the air, can make breathing uncomfortable.
In larger amounts, it can even interfere with breathing, and if you have anyone in the household with a respiratory condition, such as asthma, this could make them very sick. Don’t’ take that chance with the air in your home.
Don’t Get Rid Of Asbestos Yourself
If you live in an older home, and you’ve never done an in-depth examination of the walls and pipes, there’s a chance that asbestos may be lining the walls.
Asbestos is now a banned substance in the USA, but in years past, it was an extremely popular building material, because its flame-resistant properties made it excellent for reinforcing homes against fires.
Unfortunately, the reason that it was banned in the 1980s was that it was eventually discovered that it is a carcinogenic substance. While asbestos remains harmless to people in its solid state, if it is lining walls, or acting as insulation, it can be extremely toxic in dust form, where it is very easy to breathe.
In fact, asbestos is so dangerous that if it is discovered, all work needs to stop immediately, and professionals must remove it for the continued safety of residents. If you suspect asbestos is in your home, have professionals conduct a search. If they confirm it, get a team to remove it.
Replace Your Filter
Once all the work is done, there’s still one final task left for you to do. You should take the filter out of your furnace and put in a fresh, new one.
Under normal circumstances, this is something you only really need to do every three or so months, with the change of the season.
You’re doing it now, after a renovation for two big reasons. The first is that it got filthy, catching the particles in the air while the work was being done, and a dirty filter is not something you want to live with. The second reason is that a dirty filter brings down the efficiency of your HVAC system, forcing it work more, which forces you to pay more.
Home renovation in the Woodlands, TX area is always a great way to make your home feel much more like your own, and even add more value to your property. Just make sure you take the proper precautions to keep your air quality safe for the entire family.