This time of year, many are flocking to their vacation homes, cottages and shore houses. Just as with our homes, your vacation home may have issues with indoor air quality (IAQ). Problems such as mold, and other volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) could be lurking. Here’s what to consider when heading out on vacation.
Vacation Home IAQ
- Ventilation- Since airflow affects the movement of bacteria and chemicals throughout the home, vent rooms when you arrive. Open windows and doors if you can and if there is an unusual odor do some investigation on where it’s coming from.
- Outdoor Air Quality- Depending on location, outdoor air can be of concern as well. Check the weather report to find out about air quality, allergen levels, and smog. Keep windows closed when necessary and stay inside if outdoor air quality is not optimal.
- Mold- Mold is generally present in all indoor environments. Check common locations for mold such as bathrooms, walls, and damp/moist areas. If mold is present, ask to be relocated or that necessary precautions be taken to remove the mold.
Remember that outdoor air quality can affect IAQ. Keep seasonal variations in temperature and the air quality of your destination in mind. Travelers can check the air quality of their destinations by visiting the World Health Organization’s air quality map. If you are a vacation home owner and find mold in your income property, call HNST for inspection.