According to the EPA, people spend more than 90% of their time indoors–this explains why poor indoor air quality ranks in the top five health risks. We all know that spending time outside in the fresh air makes us feel healthier and more energized, and this is not surprising considering the amount of pollutants found in our own homes. Tobacco smoke, dust, allergens, pet dander, dust mites, bacteria, and viruses are just a few of the pollutants that can diminish the air quality inside your home. It is important to learn the signs and symptoms of indoor air pollution, and how you can improve the air quality inside your home.
You may find that members of your family experience symptoms inside your home that seem to disappear or lessen when they spend time outdoors. This is an indication that you may be suffering from indoor air pollution. These symptoms and physical ailments may include:
- Watery Eyes
- Nasal Congestion
- Asthma complications
- Eye irritation
- Nose bleeds
There are other signs that can indicate air pollution inside your home. These include:
- Stale smelling air
- Mold or mildew
- Dirty air conditioning and/or heating equipment
- Discoloration from cigarette smoke
You can protect your family from indoor air pollution in a number of ways.
- Install carbon monoxide detectors.
- Use vacuums with HEPA filters to prevent dust and dirt from leaving the exhaust.
- Mop floors after vacuuming to pick up dust that vacuums miss.
- Remove shoes when entering your home.
- Reduce indoor air moisture by using a dehumidifier.
- Don’t smoke inside your home.
- Invest in radon testing. Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from decay of uranium found in soil. It can enter a home through cracks and holes in foundations.
- Cut down on VOCs (volatile organic compounds), which are found in air fresheners, home cleaners, hairsprays, etc. Opt for all-natural cleaners, natural fresheners such as lemons and baking soda, and add houseplants to your home.
- Invest in a high-quality, high-performing air purifier. Air purifiers can remove many pollutants from the air, including dander, dust, bacteria, and viruses.
Poor indoor air quality can cause both mild and serious health problems. Eye and throat irritation, lung diseases, and even cancer can be caused by indoor air pollutants. Learn to recognize the signs and protect your family by following these tips to improve your air quality. Please feel free to contact us to learn more about making your home a safer, more comfortable place.