July 2020
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Happy July! We hope you’re enjoying the summer, taking a moment to appreciate the time with your family, maybe hosting a barbecue or two or hitting the water.

And maybe you’re thinking about that next remodeling project as well. If you are, we’re ready to help and we also want to make sure it’s as painless as possible. In this issue, you’ll find our tips for preparing for your remodel.

It’s also getting a little hot and humid during these long days at home, so you’re probably cranking up the air conditioning and closing the windows. That makes it a good time to think about your indoor air quality and how you can make the atmosphere in your house safer and healthier for your family.

Read on below for tips on improving the air quality in your home…and have a great summer!


Tim Ellis and the T.W. Ellis Team


Prepping for Your Remodeling Project

You’re ready to build that kitchen, bathroom or addition you’ve been dreaming of for years. You know the shower you want, which appliances will match your décor and the finishes that will bring it all together.

You’re excited to get that dream project. But maybe you’re just a little scared, too. We’ve all heard the horror stories about remodeling projects that end in disaster and you don’t want that to happen to you.

Here are 7 tips to prepare for and survive your remodeling project.
Improving Your Indoor Air Quality
Most people think of air quality as an outdoor issue, but the reality is that the air inside your home can be even more contaminated.

Most people spend the majority of their time inside. The dust, pet dander, allergens and off-gassing of household chemicals can be a significant health issue, especially for those with asthma or other respiratory issues.

There are several changes you can make in your home to improve your indoor air quality.

Vacuum and clean regularly
A clean house is a healthier house. Vacuuming carpets and area rugs at least once a week will help remove dust mites, pet hair, mold and other allergens hiding in your home. A vacuum with a HEPA filter will help get rid of other toxins. Don’t forget about furniture, drapes and bedding, which are all magnets for contaminants. Clean the filter on your vacuum regularly.

Change filters
Speaking of filters, be sure to change your HVAC filters as needed. As air cycles through your home, contaminants are caught in the filters. Frequent replacement will not only improve indoor air quality, but will also lengthen the life of your HVAC system. How often you need to change them depends on a number of factors, including the usage of your HVAC system and the type and size of the filter used. A good rule of thumb is every three months.

Control humidity
High humidity creates the perfect conditions for growing mold, mildew and dust mites. Overly dry air can cause problems with other allergens. A humidity level of 30 to 50 percent in your home is considered optimal depending on the season.

Remember to run an exhaust fan in the bathroom for 10 to 15 minutes after taking a shower to remove excess moisture. Many homes have under-powered fans—a remodeler can help you figure out if a new system will help your home.

Other problematic rooms can be addressed with small humidifiers or dehumidifiers. Alternatively, you can install a turnkey whole-house system that will automatically monitor and adjust humidity levels.

Add kitchen ventilation

If your kitchen doesn’t have a fan or range hood that vents to the exterior, consider that as part of your next kitchen remodel. It will remove potentially hazardous gases and pollutants from cooking, not to mention steam, heat, and odors.

Consider plants
Plants are basically nature’s air purifiers. They help take carbon dioxide and other gases and convert them into healthy oxygen. Adding a few plants to your home can make it healthier and more visually pleasing!

Think about materials
If you’re getting ready to remodel or thinking about it, consider choosing materials that are less toxic and have lower amounts of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Select carpets that have a low emission level. Options like tile, bamboo, and some hardwoods are low in VOCs, while vinyl floors have higher levels. Paints are also available in low-VOC or VOC-free options. Many other building materials can put off gas toxins. A professional remodeler will be able to give you the best information for your home and help you find the healthiest options to keep your home’s indoor air safe and healthy.

Open up!
Whenever possible, open up the windows or screen doors and let some fresh air in!
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