How to Maintain Good Indoor Quality in Your Steel Building This Winter

In winter, most of us like to stay indoors and keep warm, however if your indoor air quality isn’t very good then it’s not very healthy to breath in this air so here are some tips to follow below on how to improve your air quality in your steel building.  The tips are crucial for people who suffer from asthma, children and the elderly, but all of us will benefit from cleaner air.  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency states that indoor air is typically more polluted than the air outside.  “Health effects from indoor air pollutants may be experienced soon after exposure or, possibly, years later.”  Here is how we can reduce indoor contaminants: Every 3 months, or when they become dirty, changing filters in forced-air heating systems is crucial.  Making sure to Clean and freshen the air with non-toxic products.  When painting your house using paint, avoid harmful VOCs, and volatile organic compounds.  Choose from low-VOC paint and paint that contains zero VOCs are readily available and can be colour matched just like any other paint.  Make sure combustion appliances such as gas stoves, fireplaces, boilers and furnaces are working properly.  Regularly cleaning such as dusting and vacuuming are a good way to reduce allergens especially dust mites, pet hair and dander.

In the bathroom, kitchen and basement be sure to fix all plumbing leads and get rid of excess moisture.  Throw away items that have been contaminated with mold and mildew and clean surfaces, especially bathroom tiles that are moldy and have mildew.  Also, make sure exhaust fans vent to the outdoors.   Second hand smoke should also be eliminated in your building and car.  Make sure to be aware of carbon monoxide which is an odorless, colourless and toxic gas that will cause health effects which are often mistaken for the flu.  You can install carbon monoxide detectors in your building.

Finally, the last thing is making sure to test your home for cancer-causing radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can enter a home or building through cracks and openings in floors and walls that are in contact with the ground.  Testing your building is inexpensive and easy. 

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