Preventing Poor Home Air Quality

If you are sick, gather with visitors outdoors when possible, or consider wearing a mask indoors if you must be around others to help prevent the spreading of illness. Masks can block up to 70% of droplets coming from mouths and noses. The best thing you can do, however, is not invite other people into your home who are outside of your household when you are sick, and not have people over who are sick or experiencing symptoms.

Other steps to take to avoid introducing pollutants into your home:

  • Take your shoes off inside
  • Dust and mop frequently
  • Avoid burning scented candles indoors or use candles made of 100% natural materials like beeswax
  • Avoid using scented products like air fresheners to cover up smells
  • Avoid smoking indoors, especially when children are present
  • Turn on an exhaust fan or open a window when you cook

Improving ventilation

Ventilation is bringing in fresh air from outside to improve air circulation and dilute the number of harmful particles in your home. Opening windows is a great idea if the weather allows. You can also place fans in a window to blow potentially contaminated air out and pull new air in. Unfortunately, this is not a good option for communities living next to major roads or industrial activities, because the outside air may already be polluted. You should also avoid opening windows during wildfire smoke events… READ MORE

How Can You Keep Indoor Air Clean?

Inspect your HVAC system. Inspect your system twice a year to make sure it’s working and that the vents are open so fresh air comes in and pollutants can go out. The best times to do this are in the spring and fall, before the peak heating and cooling seasons.

Install central air. Central air systems deliver filtered, recirculated air throughout the home. Zhao recommends choosing a central air system that can mix filtered outdoor air with recirculated air. It should also be able to control the proportion of filtered outdoor air in circulation.

Use your kitchen exhaust fan. Cooking is one of the biggest sources of indoor pollution, Zhao says. Turn your kitchen’s exhaust fan on or open a window when you cook to draw particles and gases out of the air at the source. This is especially important if you cook on a gas stove. While you’re standing over them, these appliances put out unsafe levels of harmful pollutants, including: Particles, Volatile organic compounds (VOCs), Nitrogen oxides (NOx), Carbon dioxide, (CO2) Carbon monoxide, (CO) Methane gas… READ MORE

Why is indoor air quality important?

The air quality in public and private buildings is an important factor in your health. Ensuring good air quality in the indoor spaces where you live, work, and play can improve your health as well as your quality of life. Many people spend the bulk of their day indoors, so it is important to have healthy indoor air quality and to improve indoor air quality. This is especially true in places where weather conditions prevent people from being outside.

How does indoor air quality affect our health?

Poor indoor air quality can be related to health problems. These can range from mild respiratory issues to more extreme symptoms. Other symptoms that poor air quality can lead to include:

  • eye, nose, and sinus irritation
  • headaches
  • fatigue
  • dizziness

Poor indoor air quality influences the risk of respiratory illnesses, allergy and asthma symptoms, and viruses that can be spread through the air. It can also further irritate existing health conditions and worsen symptoms… READ MORE

Ralene Nelson, REALTOR®
FOR SALE- 2212 Saint Andrews Dr, Rio Vista
2 bed/2 bath/1,364sqft/5,236sqft lot

$425,000 – Are you looking for a pristine home, well this is the one! Clipper model, private backyard, looks like a model home. Newer tile floors throughout & carpet in 2 bedrooms. The kitchen has oak cabinets, white tile counters, white appliances & bay window. This makes for a bright & cheery setting. The primary bedroom has a bay window and door to the patio, as well as double sinks & walk-in shower that has newer doors. A new air conditioner was installed in July, & home has a newer hot water heater. Trilogy offers so many amenities, such as 2 swimming pools/spas, an 18-hole golf course, tennis/pickleball courts, bocce ball courts, a gym, billiards, a computer room, a cafe & restaurants, a playground for the grandchildren & numerous club activities. Just bring your furniture & enjoy the fun. No Bonds! READ MORE

PENDING – 181 Cedar Ridge Dr. Rio Vista
$499,900 – 2 bed/2 bath/1,433sqft

New Price $499,900 – Look no further!! This Clipper model is like a new home, completely renovated, from new sheet rock to all new cabinets throughout, new baths, laminate flooring, quartz counters, appliances, and new interior & exterior paint. Located on the 11th fairway, bring some patio furniture & enjoy the scenery. This model provides a living room/dining room & a nook/great room. Trilogy provides so many amenities, including 2 swimming pools/spas, bocce courts, billiards, tennis courts, pickleball, gym & more. READ MORE

OPEN HOUSE – Sun 9/3, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
FOR SALE – 718 Allender Way, Rio Vista

3bed/2bath/1,346sqft5,306sqft lot

$545,000 – As you approach this gorgeous home, it radiates pride of ownership. The driveway has been extended with new concrete on both sides of the home. New exterior paint with newer drought-resistant landscaping w/new walkway to front door & drip system w/timer. As you step inside, the home has new interior paint, baseboards & LVP flooring throughout. The kitchen has painted cabinets with quartz counters, a stainless sink & refrigerator. Then step out to the newly landscaped backyard w/new patio, custom pergola, 8 X 12 pool, security fence & all new perimeter fencing, as well as french drains from back to front. The primary bath has painted cabinets, new mirrors & light fixtures. His & Her closets with a barn door that provides bath privacy. The home has all-new light fixtures, hardware, a whole house fan, water filtration & softener, & reverse osmosis, and electric vehicle chargers. Just bring you furniture & enjoy this move-in ready home and bask in the sun with a BBQ. Room for RV parking. A solar lease is only $89 a month, 25 yr lease & transferable. Just bring your furniture and enjoy!! Rio Vista is a quaint little located in the heart of the Delta, close to San Francisco, wine country, and Sacramento. Enjoy water sports, fishing & duck hunting. MORE INFO

OPEN HOUSE – SAT 9/2, 11:00am – 2:00pm
FOR SALE – 98 Bruning Ave. Rio Vista
4 bed/2.5+ bath/2,554sqft/9,583SF

$$699,000 – Located in core Rio Vista, & closer to the Sacramento River, make this custom built home your next residence. This spacious home has a slate floor entry, 3+ bedrooms, 2.5 baths, livingroom, diningroom, familty room that opens to kitchen & game room. Kitchen has been remodeled with beautiful cabinets & pull out drawers, newer stainless appliances & corian counters. Family room has fireplace & opens to kitchen w/bar counter, and opens to game room. The game room opens to the back yard with large patio for entertaining. Cook that fabulous meal on the newer built-in BBQ, located in game room & serve that special drink at the bar that is equipped with sink & built-in blender and lots of cabinets for your glasswares & snacks. Game room possibly could fit a billiard table. Primary bedroom features 3 closets & bath with double sinks & walk-in shower. The two other bedrooms have closets with ample storage room. Hall bath is very roomy with shower over tub & storage and hallway has cabinets for your linens. Half bath is located off kitchen & laundry room & next to office/4th bedroom. Landscaped with automatic sprinkler system, possibly room for pool. 1/2 bath will be convenient for those swimmers. Roomy 2 car garage has storage & door to patio, home has paid solar. Bring your water toys. READ MORE

PENDING SALE – 285 Harvest Hills Ln. Rio Vista

Located in the Active Adult Community, this Verano plan offers an abundance of upgrades with solar prepaid by builder to 2036. 2 bedrooms/2.5 baths have wood-style plank tile flooring with carpet in bedrooms & den. Gourmet kitchen with granite counters/backsplash & stainless steel appliances, pendant lights over bar/kitchen sink & large pantry in laundry room. Custom extended patio, a lot is above dog park & pond. The location makes an enjoyable view with morning sun & afternoon shade. A fenced backyard, & a side yard provide space for planting beds. 3 car garage with extra storage, water filtration system. Just bring your furniture & join the fun amenities, golf course, tennis, pickle ball, bocce, billiards, gym, computer, 2 pools/spas & more. Cafe & restaurant on site. READ MORE

JUST SOLD – 822 Summerset Dr. Rio Vista

This Hatteras model is a 2 bedroom, 2 bath plus den and has somewhat of a private backyard. The home has an extended garage, so is a 2.5-car garage, with room for your golf cart or motorcycle. The kitchen has oak cabinets, white appliances & tile counters. The primary bath has a jetted tub plus a walk-in shower. The home has a living room/dining room & kitchen that opens up to a family room, which is cozy with a gas fireplace. The seller has left the surround sound system. The primary bedroom views the rose garden in the backyard & has access to a patio w/cover. Great place for a spa. Trilogy offers many amenities that include 2 pools (indoor & outdoor) with spas, tennis courts, bocce ball courts, billiards, a computer room, a health center (gym, massage & aesthetician), a library, a cafe, restaurant, golf course & clubs galore. Let’s make this your next home!! READ MORE

Events in Northern California this Weekend

Monthly Bird Walk at Lodi Lake–Beginners Welcome!!
Sat, Sep 2, 8 – 11 AM
Lodi Lake, 1101 W Turner Rd, Lodi

Join San Joaquin Audubon Society members for our monthly visit to Lodi Lake on the first Saturday of every month. There is free parking along Laurel Avenue, where we begin our visit by checking out the oaks there. Our leader will then guide us through the nearby Nature Area. We will search for both residents and migrants. ALL LEVELS OF BIRDERS ARE WELCOME, particulalrly newbies who are interested in learning more about birds and birding. Everyone has to start somewhere! Bring your own optics. READ MORE

Concerts By The Lake 2023 – Pleasant Hill
Sun, Sep 3
Pleasant Hill City Hall, 100 Gregory Ln, Pleasant Hill

Enjoy live music by the lake September 3rd, at Pleasant Hill City Hall in 2023 every other  thru Sept 3rd. Great food, live music, and communal Adirondack chairs to relax and enjoy the beautiful setting by the lake at City Hall. Dust off your dancing shoes, the lineup for the 2023 Sunset by the Lake Concert series is being finalized and announced soon. The Civic Action Commission is pleased to provide this entertaining series again in 2023.  Big Jangle Tom Petty tribute show closes out the series.


End of Summer BBQ
Sat, Sep 2, 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Western Railway Museum, 5848 CA-12, Suisun City

Soak up the last bits of summer at our End of Summer BBQ.
Nothing says Summer like tasty BBQ and fun in the sun. As summer comes to an end, come for some family fun on the rails! Local Vendors will be on hand to serve tasty BBQ and sweet treats to enjoy in our large shady park grounds (Food sold separately). Guests can also enjoy some bounce house and waterslide fun, face painting, live music and of course a vintage train ride through the countryside. READ MORE

River Ride through the Delta, Rio Vista Wind Farm
& Manny’s Barzzeria by Sarah

Sun, Sep 3, 4:30 – 10:00 PM
1015 Jefferson Blvd, West Sacramento, CA

Ride Experience Level: Beginner. Nice flat, easy river roads with a great view of the Delta. No technical bits or tight twisties. Short route with no extended sit periods. Roads can be rough through the Delta. No freeway on route.

Ride description: Quick trip through the Delta to see the wind farm near Rio Vista and ride the ferry at Ryer Island. We’ll try out Manny’s Barzzeria for lunch in Isleton.

Ride will end at Starbucks in South Sacramento. It may be a warm day as we’re staying in the valley, so please come prepared for warm temps.

FREEWAY RIDING: No freeway planned for this route, staying on river roads and local highways. READ MORE

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