With mold proliferation and other factors, indoor air quality can be five times worse than the air you breathe outside, and without the proper ventilation, it can cause health problems for you, your family and pets. If you suspect your indoor air isn’t as clean as it should be, here are some ways to change that.

How You Can Tell If The Air In Your Home Isn’t Clean

Your house may look spotless, but if you have persistent allergies, asthma, colds, or other respiratory illnesses, your indoor air quality may be suffering, and you just might have an unseen but growing, mold issue. You may not be able to smell it or see it, and you may not even know you have a problem until your health is compromised.

What You Can Do To Make Sure Your Indoor Air Quality Is Healthy

Some homeowners have purchased portable air purifiers in increasing numbers, but while they may be a temporary fix, the science behind them isn’t a sure thing, according to Norman Edelman, M.D., senior scientific adviser for the American Lung Association. “Used properly, they have been shown to modestly reduce allergy symptoms. However, the data on reduction of asthma attacks is less clear.” The EPA has concurred with the doctor’s assessment, saying, “While some home air cleaning devices may be useful in some circumstances, EPA makes no broad endorsement of their use” and recommends instead, “controlling or eliminating” the source of the problem.

In other words, find the source of the mold issue and ridding your home of the infestation is the only way to guarantee clean air.

Running an air filter can’t hurt, according to Canada’s British Columbia Centre for Disease Control who found that the use of portable air purifiers can “lower indoor levels of particulate matter caused by smoke pollution and, in doing so, benefit respiratory and cardiovascular health.” But will it get rid of your mold issue? Not entirely.

How To Rid Your Home Of Mold And Increase The Quality Of Clean Air In Your Home

There are home air check kits available everywhere for personal use, but if you’re unsure of the results, or want a second opinion, a mold remediation specialist is your best bet in the fight against mold. The mold professional will test the air in your home, look for the source of the mold and any leaks or high moisture areas that may be the cause. If there’s mold, the specialist will not only remove it but fix the leak or improper ventilation and afterward, clean the area properly and safely.

If you need more information about mold or indoor air quality, contact a remediation specialist with your questions or concerns.