Improve Indoor Air Quality during Asthma Awareness Month
Gold Medal Service, an award-winning heating, cooling, plumbing, electrical, drain cleaning, and waterproofing service company servicing all of New Jersey, advises area homeowners to take advantage of Asthma Awareness Month, particularly World Asthma Day, May 6, by improving their homes’ indoor air quality.
“With the weather getting nicer in New Jersey, families want to spend more time outside or have their windows open, but that can be dangerous for people dealing with asthma,” said Mike Agugliaro, Gold Medal Service co-founder. “Our experts can assess the air quality inside a home, and show homeowners how to ensure they are breathing clean, healthy air all the time.”
More than 25 million Americans live with asthma, a chronic lung disease that causes frequent episodes of wheezing, coughing, and breathlessness. Children and adults with asthma are sensitive to irritants in the air, both indoors and outdoors. Because it can be difficult to control outdoor asthma triggers, such as air pollution, vehicle exhaust, wood smoke, and fumes, it is important for asthma sufferers to monitor the Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Pollution Action Days and limit outdoor activity on orange or red alert days. However, it is also important to address indoor air quality (IAQ) and minimize irritants inside the home.
Common indoor asthma triggers include the following:
- Secondhand smoke
- Dust mites
- Cockroaches and other pests
Homeowners can take some proactive steps by cleaning surfaces weekly with a damp cloth and vacuum with a HEPA filter, keeping humidity low and using fans to ventilate air, and controlling pests.
To minimize irritants even further, though, it’s important to address any leaks that could lead to mold growth, and to ensure that the air circulating through the home is clean. The experts at Gold Medal Service can repair leaky faucets and pipes, check and replace air filters, and perform routine maintenance on an air conditioning unit. They can also help homeowners identify when it’s time to replace a unit that is no longer effectively circulating clean air into the home and dirty air out of it. And they can advise on the option of installing a specialty IAQ system, which can further protect families from asthma triggers. These systems have been proven to reduce colds and minimize time away from work.
“Asthma can be difficult to deal with, but it is manageable if you take steps to keep your home clean and healthy,” said Agugliaro. “Our experts have the tools to help improve indoor air quality and ensure that you keep your asthma symptoms under control.”
For more information on Asthma Awareness Month, visit www.epa.gov/asthma/awareness.html. For more information about Gold Medal Service, call (732) 365-3199.