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How Do we improve the air quality in our Homes?

 Usually the most effective way to improve indoor air quality is to eliminate individual sources of air pollution or to reduce their emissions. Some sources, like those that contain asbestos, can be sealed or enclosed; others, like gas stoves, can be adjusted to decrease the amount of emissions. In many cases, source control for air quality is also a more cost-efficient approach to protecting indoor air quality than increasing ventilation because increasing ventilation can increase energy costs.

Most home heating and cooling systems, including forced air heating systems, do not mechanically bring fresh air into the house. Opening windows and doors, operating window or attic fans, when the weather permits, or running a window air conditioner with the vent control open increases the outdoor ventilation rate and serves as a simple form of air cleaners. Local bathroom or kitchen fans that exhaust outdoors remove contaminants directly from the room where the fan is located and increase the outdoor air ventilation rate.

It is particularly important to take as many of these steps as possible while you are involved in short-term activities that can generate high levels of pollutants–for example, painting, paint stripping, heating with kerosene heaters, cooking, or engaging in maintenance and hobby activities such as welding, soldering, sanding, model making and gluing.

However, remember that for most indoor air quality problems in the home, source control is the most effective solution.

How does our air inside the house get polluted?

Green homeMuch can be said about proper ventilation, for if we don’t have enough fresh air entering the home, then pollutants can accumulate to levels which can pose immediate health problems and affect our comfort.

We usually think of air pollution as being outdoors, but the air in your house or office could also be polluted. Sources of indoor pollution include:

  • Mold and pollen
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Household products and pesticides
  • Gases such as radon and carbon monoxide
  • Materials used in the building such as asbestos, formaldehyde and lead.

Usually indoor air quality problems only cause discomfort. Most people feel better as soon as they remove the source of the pollution.

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Best season to sell a Home? Winter!

Best season to sell a Home? Winter!

Many home for sale real estate signs and one reading Sold in a bIn an updated analysis completed by Redfin researchers studied nationwide home listings, sales prices, and time-on-market data from 2010 through October 2014 showing that February is historically the best month to list, with an average of 66 percent of homes listed and  selling within 90 days. The winter season officially takes place between Dec. 21 and March 20 and  brings in more focused  sellers and buyers.

Listing during those four winter months has resulted in higher percentages of above-asking-price sales than listing during any  months, other than April and May. Winter’s market also shows less competition for sellers since many people tend to wait until the spring to list. The smaller inventory of active listings help sellers get more attention from buyers.

Also nearly 80 percent of the real estate professionals surveyed by the National Association of Realtors NAR said that more serious buyers emerge during the holidays, and 61 percent say less competition from other properties makes winter an ideal time to sell.