Making sure you have optimal air quality in your new home may be the most important thing you do. Many people spend most of their time indoors and risk a high exposure to air pollution. Especially if there are young children in the household as their lungs are still developing. You want to make sure your new home is free of some common odors and air pollution sources such as:
- Pollen and mold
- Gases, such as carbon monoxide and radon
- Housing and furniture materials that contain formaldehyde, lead, and asbestos
- Cigarette smoke
- Pesticides, cleaners and other household products
The Danger of Radon Gas in your new home
Radon gas can not be seen or smelled but can seep in through the cracks in your foundation. It is recommended to have the radon tested in your new home to make sure you and your family will not be exposed to any radon gas. Determine if any changes have been made to the house since the radon was last tested. Replacement or repair of heating and air conditioning systems may affect radon levels in the home.
There are radon test kits you can purchase yourself, or you can hire a professional to test the levels. Radon gas is a deal breaker in home purchases. Make sure your seller has had the Radon checked and they will need to make any necessary repairs or you will legally be able to be released from the purchase contract.
When radon gas is found in your new home there are a few things that can be done to eliminate the gas. Most procedures to eliminate the gas are sealing foundation cracks along with the installation of a vent pipe and fan.
It is also recommended to keep your windows and doors open throughout the day to air out the home. Change your air filters regularly and you can also use a dehumidifier to improve the air quality.