Effective March 31, 2017, RAPCA will no longer perform indoor air quality inspections or accept referrals from other agencies or programs.
Learning how to control your home's environment can improve comfort and may reduce the risk of health complications. There are many sources of indoor air pollution, including excess moisture or water leaks, ill-operating heating appliances, tobacco products, building materials, pets, household cleaning products, and natural sources.
RAPCA recommends following U.S. EPA guidelines to improve your indoor air quality.
How can I improve my indoor air quality?
- Eliminate excess moisture in your home
Excess moisture in your home can lead to mold problems. Exposure to mold can cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Be sure to fix water leaks immediately and dry wet items out as quickly as possible to avoid mold growth.
- Do not smoke indoors
Tobacco smoke is one of the most common asthma triggers. Avoid smoking in your home, or better yet, quit smoking altogether.
- Keep appliances in good working order
Poorly operating natural gas and wood burning appliances can emit high levels of carbon monoxide and/or smoke resulting in unhealthy and even deadly conditions inside your home. Be sure to have your appliances inspected on a regular basis to make sure they are operating properly. Also, if you are using a wood burning stove to heat your home, be sure to only burn dry, seasoned wood and maintain a hot fire.
- Clean up after pets and pests
Pets and insects can contribute to asthma. Clean up pet hair and waste, keep garbage and food contained and covered, and wash bed linens frequently.