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Breathe easy

As you start reading this, do a quick exercise. Breathe in, really deep…go ahead, fill your lungs.

Feels good, right?

Taking a deep breath of air, especially outdoors after a thunderstorm or when the air is crisp and clean, smells and feels good. It’s refreshing.

But taking a deep breath of air inside, such as in a home or commercial building, can be a different matter altogether.

The air you breathe you assume is clean and healthy. But that may not always be the case, as reports of poor indoor air quality (IAQ) prove that not every indoor environment can be considered healthy. When indoor air quality is poor, there can be issues for many people, especially those who suffer from allergies, asthma, or respiratory illnesses.

Poor indoor air quality doesn’t just mean “stuffy” air like what can build up in a home that doesn’t have sufficient air exchanges during the day. Although that can contribute to poor health for some individuals, what really causes health concerns is excessive dust, pet dander, pollen, mold, and other pollutants. While these pollutants are often indoors, they can also be outdoors, and you must recognize the affect they have on your health. For instance, you may decide to stay indoors when you hear a report of poor outdoor air quality.

What you can control though, at least to some degree, is the indoor air quality in your home.

What can you do? It’s simple. Keep things clean. Change your furnace and air conditioning filter on a regular basis, according to the manufacturer. Use a quality vacuum for your carpet and furniture and use it weekly (more often if you have a busy household). Those hard floors? They need to be cleaned as well since dust can easily build up and become airborne from those surfaces. When you dust surfaces, such as shelves or countertops, use a soft cloth that will hold the dust instead of pushing it off onto the floor or back into the air.

And, of course, have your carpet and furniture cleaned based on the recommendation of your favorite cleaning company. In fact, isn’t it time you had your carpet and furniture cleaned…right now?

Do the best thing, make the call to us today at 770-765-1221. After all, it pays to call your pro!

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