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A comfortable home is more than choosing the best furniture; you have to make sure that those in the home breathe fresh air. When planning or designing your home, you have to think about different factors that will affect the indoor environment.

Furniture and furnishings
It is important to note that pressed wood furniture, paneling, cabinetry, flooring materials and other products can have substances that release formaldehyde gas. You have to make sure that you ask about the content of any gases present before you buy any furniture. Laminates and products coated with polyurethane may also produce the harmful emissions and you need to know exactly what you are buying and ensure that you get professional installation during remodeling.

Flooring materials
If you have a carpet, you need to know that it can be a source of harmful pollutants. A new carpet can be the source of organic gases while a water-damaged carpet can encourage the growth of mold or mildew. Make sure that you get prompt professional carpet cleaning or better still get rid of the damaged carpet if you have had flooding problems. Area rugs are often a better option than wall-to-wall carpets as they are easy to remove and clean. Vacuum the floor regularly to get rid of dust and debris.

Eliminating moisture
Too much moisture leads to the growth of biological pollutants and allergens such as mold, mildew and dust mites. Look for ways to eliminate moisture in the home through the use of fans and dehumidifiers. Cleaning any signs of mold or mildew immediately you notice them is important. If the mold has spread over a large area, it is advisable to get professional mold removal. Improving air circulation through natural and mechanical means will keep your home fresh and comfortable.

Periodic inspection of your home will help to ensure that you identify any asbestos containing materials that need to be removed. The inspection should include everything from the floor tiles, to the air conditioner and the fireplace that can be a source of combustion and carbon monoxide pollutants.

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