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People spend 90% of their time indoors on average, yet are unaware that indoor air pollution can range from two to five times that of outdoor air. Indoor air quality is one of the top five environmental risks to human health, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It has been related to adult and pediatric lung cancer as well as severe asthma and allergy development in children.
Depending on the specific contaminant, symptoms of poor indoor air quality can be misdiagnosed as allergies, stress, colds, or the flu. Coughing, sneezing, weariness, wooziness, headaches, nose bleeds, sore throat, and upper respiratory congestion are a few of the accompanying symptoms. Your air quality can also contribute to the development or the exacerbation of some more serious conditions including infections, lung diseases, asthma, and heart disease.
Why does this happen? Anything that emits gas or particles, such as combustion, personal care items and activities, and even outdoor air quality, has an impact on indoor air quality. Inadequate ventilation can prevent clean, fresh air from entering while trapping toxic air within. Dust and mites in the air will increase if your heating and cooling systems aren’t kept up with because of dirty ducts and clogged air filters. Mold and germs can grow in your home due to dampness brought on by floods, leaks, high humidity, or an unmaintained humidifier or dehumidifier. Make a call to AL-DON Indoor Air Quality Specialists for assistance in locating potential sources inside your house.
Identifying potentially harmful aspects in your environment and how to improve on it
Working towards a cleaner, healthier environment
Pollutants in the air can be caused by your own activities. The main offenders for this are cleaning supplies and personal care items. Avoid smoking inside. 7,000 compounds and 69 toxins known to cause cancer are present in cigarette smoke. Children and the elderly are particularly susceptible to this, but everyone should avoid it.
Any fuel that is burned discharges particles into the atmosphere. In order to keep these contaminants under control, enough ventilation is required. The likelihood of using outdated or old building materials in your home is the final factor to take into account when analyzing your own indoor air quality. The furniture constructed of wood that has been formaldehyde-treated and asbestos are examples of these toxic building materials.
For enhancing the air quality in your house, you can try a few things. Ensure that areas around fuel-burning appliances, such as furnaces, fireplaces, ranges, and heaters, are well ventilated. When painting, cleaning, or using harsh chemicals in your home, be sure you have adequate ventilation. At least once every season, change and maintain the air filters in your home. Test the ductwork in your home for leaks. Regularly clean your dehumidifiers and humidifiers. Use a HEPA vacuum cleaner, wash your linens frequently, and leave your shoes at the door to keep your home tidy. Install a carbon monoxide detector, take a radon test, and let the experts handle the asbestos! You need a dehumidifier if you have Condensation on your windows or doors, mold spots on your walls, musty odor, spring water run-off, blistering paint or peeling wallpaper, creaky doors/windows/floors in order to lower the humidity.