About Baxter Restoration in Boca Raton, FL

How You Can Improve Your Indoor Air Quality Today

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012


Something many people don’t realize is that the air inside our homes and offices can often be more polluted than the air outside. Some common indoor home pollutants include lead (in house dust), fire-retardants, radon, formaldehyde, biological contaminants (like mold and pollen), tobacco smoke, household products and pesticides, pet dander (even if you don’t have pets), carbon monoxide, and many other chemicals.

Many of these pollutants are unknowingly brought into the home via new furniture, carpet cleaners, or even in the paint you use. Sometimes the effects of indoor pollutants are immediate, while other times it might not be apparent until years later. Therefore, it’s important to take precautions to help ensure you are not regularly inhaling harmful pollutants while in your home or office.

Here are a few simple steps you can take to immediately improve your air quality:

No Smoking

This is the single most important aspect of preventing harmful air pollution inside your home. Cigarette smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals including more than 40 cancer causing agents and 200 known poisons. Secondhand smoke can cause ear and respiratory infections, asthma, and even cancer. Plus, when it comes to releasing carbon monoxide into the air, cigarettes average more than 600 times the concentration that is considered safe in industrial plants, where carbon monoxide poisoning is a constant danger.

With homes being airtight, the likelihood of these harmful chemicals escaping is unlikely. If you or someone in your household insists on smoking inside, invest in a quality smoke eater in a dedicated smoking room coupled with effective whole house filtration and air purification to help clean the air of the multiple pollutants.

Change Filters Regularly

Central air conditioners and heaters have filters to trap dust and other pollutants in the air. Make sure to change or clean the filters regularly, following the instructions on the package.

Test for Radon

New and old homes alike are prone to this colorless, odorless gas that will significantly raise your risk of lung cancer. It is the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers. Any type of home can potentially have a radon problem so it’s important to have your home properly inspected. A radon test is easy, inexpensive, and takes only a few minutes.

Get more information on home radon testing in Florida here.

Use Natural Fragrances

Synthetic fragrances that are used in many household cleaning products emit dozens of different chemicals into the air. This includes laundry detergents, fabric softeners, dryer sheets, and all types of air fresheners (solid, spray, and oil form).

Keep in mind that these chemicals are not included on the label and typically just say “fragrance” because that is all that is required by law to be listed. So, next time you go shopping look for fragrance-free or naturally-scented laundry products, stop using aerosol sprays of all kinds, open your windows and let in fresh air more often, or try using sliced lemons and baking soda to get a clean scent in your kitchen.

Keep Your Floors Clean

When using a vaccum, be sure it has a strong suction and a HEPA filter. This will help eliminate concentrations of lead in your home as well as ensure dust and dirt don’t get blown back out in the exhaust. For best results, vacuum two or three times per week and wash out your filter regularly.

For non-carpeted flooring, it’s suggested that you vacuum first then mop to pick up anything left behind. You can use just plain water and microfiber mops typically capture more dust and dirt than traditional fibers.

Also, keep a large floor mat at every door. All sorts of chemicals and pollutants are brought in on people’s shoes and a door mat will help reduce what is brought into your home.

Keep a Healthy Level of Humidity in Your Home

The humidity inside your home can affect the concentrations of some indoor air pollutants. For example, high humidity keeps the air moist and increases the likelihood of mold.

The US Environmental Protection Agency suggests you keep indoor humidity levels between 30 and 50 percent. Use a moisture or humidity gauge to see if the humidity in your home is at a safe level. If you need to increase your humidity, though probably not as likely here in Florida, use a vaporizer or humidifier. Oftentimes, decreasing your humidity can be as easy as turning on your AC. 

Open Your Windows

This tip seems simple enough but during the summer months in Florida we tend to keep every window and door shut and crank the AC around the clock. By simply increasing the amount of fresh air brought indoors you will reduce the amount of pollutants inside. You can also choose to run your AC with the vent control open, just remember to switch it back.

Bathroom and kitchen fans that exhaust to the outdoors also create ventilation and help remove pollutants so remember to run those frequently as well. And always remember to properly ventilate your home while using cleaning products.

We hope you find these tips to be helpful and easy to follow. The important thing to keep in mind is that making just a few changes in your routine can greatly contribute to a healthier home.

If you are looking for an expert in the area of air testing be sure to check out our preferred vendor, Air MD.We frequently work with them and they are a great resource for scientific air testing. And of course, when Baxter Restoration visits your home for any disaster including mold, flooding, or fire damage, we’ll always inspect and treat your home for related air pollutants that may have occurred.

Stay connected with us on Facebook and Twitter for more tips on keeping your home safe and for updates on our newest Baxter Connection posts.

Baxter Restoration recently joined forces with Dorado Aqua Cops to make repairs and secure the food pantry facility located on the campus of Pine Crest Elementary School in Sanford, Florida. The project was facilitated by the non-profit organization, Bring Change, whose goal is to connect resources, facilitate programs, and fund transitional housing to bring change to the lives of the homeless in Seminole County.

Baxter Restoration donated all materials needed to get the facility ready for the 2012-2013 school year including plywood used to secure all exterior windows, fluorescent lights, and paint. While Dorado Aqua Cops provided all of the labor. Jesse Walsh, Executive Director of Bring Change, shared that, “ Bring Change is so appreciative of the generous donation from Baxter Restoration and Dorado Aqua Cops for the time and services needed to get the Pine Crest Food Pantry up and running. Their donation will benefit close to 100 families and we are grateful for their partnership.”

Food pantries have been established at several area high-need schools throughout Central Florida to serve as a secure place to store food supply donations that are distributed weekly to those families in need. Currently, there are 1,800 students in Seminole County who qualify to receive the donations; up from 1,700 at the end of the previous school year. The new food pantry at Pine Crest Elementary School will provide for 97 homeless families; the highest number in Seminole County.

Students receive backpacks full of food to take home on Friday each week, to ensure the children are fed during the weekend. Dave Baxter, President of Baxter Restoration, commented, “The numbers are staggering and growing each day. Baxter Restoration is proud to be a part of a project that assists so many children in need who reside where we live and work and go about our daily lives.”

Stay connected with us on Facebook and Twitter for more tips on keeping your home safe and for updates on our newest Baxter Connection posts.

Serving FL including the Greater Miami area
Our Florida Service Area
Cities in Alachua County, FL
Alachua
Archer
Earleton
Evinston
Gainesville
Hawthorne
High Springs
Island Grove
La Crosse
Lochloosa
Micanopy
Newberry
Waldo

Cities in Baker County, FL
Glen Saint Mary
Macclenny
Olustee
Sanderson

Cities in Bradford County, FL
Brooker
Graham
Hampton
Lawtey
Starke

Cities in Brevard County, FL
Cape Canaveral
Cocoa
Cocoa Beach
Grant
Indialantic
Malabar
Melbourne
Melbourne Beach
Merritt Island
Mims
Orlando
Palm Bay
Patrick Afb
Rockledge
Satellite Beach
Scottsmoor
Sebastian
Sharpes
Titusville

Cities in Broward County, FL
Coconut Creek
Coral Springs
Dania
Deerfield Beach
Fort Lauderdale
Hallandale
Hollywood
Lighthouse Point
Margate
Pembroke Pines
Plantation
Pompano Beach

Cities in Charlotte County, FL
El Jobean
Englewood
Murdock
Placida
Port Charlotte
Punta Gorda
Rotonda West

Cities in Citrus County, FL
Beverly Hills
Crystal River
Dunnellon
Floral City
Hernando
Holder
Homosassa
Homosassa Springs
Inverness
Lecanto

Cities in Clay County, FL
Doctors Inlet
Fleming Island
Green Cove Springs
Keystone Heights
Lake Geneva
Middleburg
Orange Park
Penney Farms

Cities in Collier County, FL
Chokoloskee
Copeland
Everglades City
Goodland
Immokalee
Marco Island
Naples
Ochopee

Cities in De Soto County, FL
Arcadia
Fort Ogden
Nocatee

Cities in Duval County, FL
Atlantic Beach
Jacksonville
Jacksonville Beach
Neptune Beach

Cities in Flagler County, FL
Bunnell
Flagler Beach
Palm Coast

Cities in Glades County, FL
Moore Haven
Palmdale

Cities in Hardee County, FL
Bowling Green
Ona
Wauchula
Zolfo Springs

Cities in Hendry County, FL
Clewiston
Felda
Labelle

Cities in Hernando County, FL
Brooksville
Istachatta
Nobleton
Spring Hill

Cities in Highlands County, FL
Avon Park
Lake Placid
Lorida
Sebring
Venus

Cities in Hillsborough County, FL
Apollo Beach
Balm
Brandon
Dover
Durant
Gibsonton
Lithia
Lutz
Mango
Odessa
Plant City
Riverview
Ruskin
Seffner
Sun City
Sun City Center
Sydney
Tampa
Thonotosassa
Valrico
Wimauma

Cities in Indian River County, FL
Fellsmere
Roseland
Sebastian
Vero Beach
Wabasso
Winter Beach

Cities in Lake County, FL
Altoona
Astatula
Astor
Clermont
Eustis
Ferndale
Fruitland Park
Grand Island
Groveland
Howey In The Hills
Lady Lake
Leesburg
Mascotte
Minneola
Montverde
Mount Dora
Okahumpka
Paisley
Sorrento
Tavares
Umatilla
Yalaha

Cities in Lee County, FL
Alva
Boca Grande
Bokeelia
Bonita Springs
Cape Coral
Captiva
Estero
Fort Myers
Fort Myers Beach
Lehigh Acres
North Fort Myers
Pineland
Saint James City
Sanibel

Cities in Manatee County, FL
Anna Maria
Bradenton
Bradenton Beach
Cortez
Ellenton
Holmes Beach
Longboat Key
Myakka City
Oneco
Palmetto
Parrish
Sarasota
Tallevast
Terra Ceia

Cities in Marion County, FL
Anthony
Belleview
Candler
Citra
Dunnellon
Eastlake Weir
Fairfield
Fort Mc Coy
Lowell
Mc Intosh
Ocala
Ocklawaha
Orange Lake
Orange Springs
Reddick
Silver Springs
Sparr
Summerfield
Weirsdale

Cities in Martin County, FL
Hobe Sound
Indiantown
Jensen Beach
Palm City
Port Salerno
Stuart

Cities in Miami-Dade County, FL
Coral Gables
Hialeah
Homestead
Key Biscayne
Miami
Miami Beach
Miami Gardens
North Miami Beach
Opa Locka

Cities in Monroe County, FL
Big Pine Key
Islamorada
Key Colony Beach
Key Largo
Key West
Long Key
Marathon
Marathon Shores
Summerland Key
Tavernier

Cities in Nassau County, FL
Bryceville
Callahan
Fernandina Beach
Hilliard
Yulee

Cities in Okeechobee County, FL
Okeechobee

Cities in Orange County, FL
Apopka
Christmas
Clarcona
Gotha
Killarney
Maitland
Oakland
Ocoee
Orlando
Plymouth
Tangerine
Windermere
Winter Garden
Winter Park
Zellwood

Cities in Osceola County, FL
Intercession City
Kenansville
Kissimmee
Saint Cloud

Cities in Palm Beach County, FL
Belle Glade
Boca Raton
Boynton Beach
Canal Point
Delray Beach
Greenacres
Jupiter
Lake Harbor
Lake Worth
Loxahatchee
North Palm Beach
Pahokee
Palm Beach
Palm Beach Gardens
Royal Palm Beach
South Bay
Wellington
West Palm Beach

Cities in Pasco County, FL
Aripeka
Crystal Springs
Dade City
Elfers
Holiday
Hudson
Lacoochee
Land O Lakes
New Port Richey
Port Richey
Saint Leo
San Antonio
Spring Hill
Trilby
Wesley Chapel
Zephyrhills

Cities in Pinellas County, FL
Bay Pines
Belleair Beach
Clearwater
Clearwater Beach
Crystal Beach
Dunedin
Indian Rocks Beach
Largo
Oldsmar
Ozona
Palm Harbor
Pinellas Park
Safety Harbor
Saint Petersburg
Seminole
Tarpon Springs

Cities in Polk County, FL
Alturas
Auburndale
Babson Park
Bartow
Bradley
Davenport
Dundee
Eagle Lake
Eaton Park
Fort Meade
Frostproof
Haines City
Highland City
Homeland
Indian Lake Estates
Kathleen
Kissimmee
Lake Alfred
Lake Hamilton
Lake Wales
Lakeland
Lakeshore
Loughman
Mulberry
Nalcrest
Nichols
Polk City
River Ranch
Waverly
Winter Haven

Cities in Putnam County, FL
Bostwick
Crescent City
East Palatka
Florahome
Georgetown
Grandin
Hollister
Interlachen
Lake Como
Melrose
Palatka
Pomona Park
Putnam Hall
San Mateo
Satsuma
Welaka

Cities in Saint Johns County, FL
Elkton
Hastings
Jacksonville
Ponte Vedra
Ponte Vedra Beach
Saint Augustine
Saint Johns

Cities in Saint Lucie County, FL
Fort Pierce
Port Saint Lucie

Cities in Sarasota County, FL
Englewood
Laurel
Nokomis
North Port
Osprey
Sarasota
Venice

Cities in Seminole County, FL
Altamonte Springs
Casselberry
Geneva
Goldenrod
Lake Mary
Lake Monroe
Longwood
Mid Florida
Oviedo
Sanford
Winter Springs

Cities in Sumter County, FL
Bushnell
Center Hill
Coleman
Lake Panasoffkee
Oxford
Sumterville
The Villages
Webster
Wildwood

Cities in Union County, FL
Lake Butler
Raiford
Worthington Springs

Cities in Volusia County, FL
Barberville
Cassadaga
Daytona Beach
De Leon Springs
Debary
Deland
Deltona
Edgewater
Glenwood
Lake Helen
New Smyrna Beach
Oak Hill
Orange City
Ormond Beach
Osteen
Pierson
Port Orange
Seville

Our Locations:

Baxter Restoration
4500 Oak Circle
Building B, Suite B-9
Boca Raton, FL 33431
1-407-378-5983


Baxter Restoration
1106 W Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32805
1-407-329-4110


Baxter Restoration
8880 Corporate Square Ct #5
Jacksonville, FL 32216
1-904-559-3300


Baxter Restoration
12811 Commerce Lakes Dr #21
Fort Myers, FL 33913
1-239-307-5033

Testimonials
Reviews
Affiliations