We usually think of air pollution as being outdoors, but the air in your house or office could also be polluted. Sources of indoor pollution include: Mold and pollen – – Tobacco smoke – – Household products and pesticides – – Gases such as radon and carbon monoxide – – Materials used in the building such as asbestos, and lead.
When you think of air pollution, you probably think of things like smog, power plants and emissions from cars and trucks. Those are all examples of outdoor air pollution, but air indoors can be polluted too. Indoor air pollution is a very real and dangerous thing because indoor air is far more concentrated with pollutants than outdoor air.
Sometimes a group of people have symptoms that seem to be linked to time spent in a certain building. Sometimes the cause of the illness cannot be found. This is known as sick building syndrome. Usually indoor air quality problems only cause discomfort. Most people feel better as soon as they remove the source of the pollution. However, some pollutants can cause diseases that show up much later, such as respiratory diseases or cancer.
Common Indoor Air Pollutants
These are a few common indoor air pollutants that we can all learn more about.
Many people like to burn candles. While candles can definitely add a touch of ambiance and beauty to your home environment, they can also release toxic chemicals into the air your family breathes. If you do use candles, always make sure they are either bees wax or soy based and that only essential oils are used in scenting the candle.
For those who want to freshen-up their home with air fresheners, it’s important to know that almost all air fresheners release toxic chemicals. These noxious chemicals can exacerbate asthma and other respiratory problems.
Furniture and Printers
Other common household items that can contribute to poor indoor air quality include ink jet printers and even furniture.
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Looking For Signs of Poor Air Quality...
Signs of an indoor air quality problem in your home include musty odors, condensation on windows, discoloration of walls or ceilings, wood warping and peeling or chipping of paint. How you feel is also a good indicator of whether or not you have a problem with indoor air quality.
Preventing Indoor Air Problems...
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Other Steps You Can Take to Improve Air Quality Include...
Test your home for radon, the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers, according to estimates from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Some states offer free or discounted test kits to the public. Information can be found on www.epa.gov.
Install a Carbon Monoxide Alarm Near All Sleeping Areas...
Make sure no one smokes in your house – – Clean regularly to get rid of dust mites, which can aggravate allergies and asthma — Make sure anything that burns gas is vented to the outdoors – -Use cleaning supplies, paints and hobby products that are labeled as low- or no-VOC (volatile organic compound)
The Right Humidity Levels Can Make...ALL THE DIFFERENCE
Properly humidified air not only feels better, but it can also allow you to heat and cool your home at more energy-efficient temperatures. A Dehumidifier removes excess moisture from your home’s air. Humidifiers add moisture as needed to keep it comfortable.
Impacts of Excessive Humidity...
Indoor air that’s too damp feels sticky on the skin, and requires more heating or cooling to feel comfortable. Excessively moist air can also serve as a breeding ground for dust mites, mold, mildew and fungus, and it can ruin furniture, books, clothes and leather items.
What Happens When Air Is Overly Dry...
Indoor air that’s too dry can leave skin feeling itchy and dried out. Overly dry air can also increase static electricity, create cracks in furniture and leather, shrink wood floors and furnishings, and cause breathing difficulty or even nosebleeds. When nasal passages dry out, the body can become more vulnerable to respiratory viruses.