Should You Worry About Indoor Air Quality in Homes

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Are you concerned about indoor air quality in homes? When many of us think about air pollution, it manifests an image of heavy smog created by industrial smokestacks. We don’t really think of pollution in our homes caused by poor ventilation and stale air. Indoor air quality is certainly something we need to worry about.

 

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), tasked with the protection of human health and the environment, reports poor indoor air quality can cause the “irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue… Soon after exposure to some indoor air pollutants, symptoms of some diseases such as asthma may show up, be aggravated or worsened.”

How Big A Problem Is Poor Indoor Air Quality?

The swiftness and severity of a person’s reactions depend on a number of things. Preexisting medical conditions and age are two common factors. Also, repeated exposure to chemical and biological agents can increase sensitivity over time. Therefore, while reactions vary from person to person, exposure increases the likelihood of a reaction.

The American Lung Association states, “Poor indoor air quality can cause or contribute to the development of infections, lung cancer and chronic lung diseases such as asthma. People who already have lung disease are at greater risk. Find out what makes indoor air unhealthy and how pollution can hurt your body.”

Some of us think about indoor air quality being caused by thinks like dust, pet dander, and the flu virus. Unfortunately, there are things that may be in your home that is even more dangerous, such as:

  • Asbestos,
  • Carbon monoxide,
  • Mold,
  • Radon, and
  • Lead.

Therefore, the long-term effects of repeated exposure to pollutants may take years to manifest. Poor indoor air quality contributes to not only respiratory issues but also major health issues such as heart disease and some forms of cancer. Indoor pollution can become debilitating or even fatal.

What Can You Do?

In homes, it is those items that release particles or gasses into the air that are the major cause of indoor air pollution. Increase ventilation will bring air in from the outside, lessening the levels of pollutants discharged and released from sources, and will remove the polluted air out of your home. Here are the steps you should take.

  • Perform a Radon test, and discover solutions for high levels,
  • Reduce asthma triggers,
  • Control moisture and prevent mold growth,
  • Make your home a smoke-free environment, and
  • Install an Air Cleaning System.

What haven’t we covered that is important for you? If you would like to talk more about indoor air quality, or need more information, please contact us.

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