People spend 90% of their time indoors and indoor air can be 2 to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has indoor air quality ranked as one of the top 5 environmental dangers. It is linked to severe asthma and allergy development in children and to heart problems and lung cancer in children and adults.
Symptoms depend on the particular contaminant and are sometimes mistaken for allergies, stress, colds or the flu.
CoughingSneezingWatery eyesFatigueDizzinessHeadachesUpper respiratory congestionNasal congestionNose bleedsSore throat
Some of the symptoms of poor indoor air quality are:
InfectionsLung cancerChronic lung diseasesAsthmaHeart diseaseRashesFeverHearing lossMyalgia
Poor indoor air quality can contribute to the development of or exasperate these problems:
Inadequate ventilation- contaminated air can’t get out, fresh air can’t get inUnmaintained heating and air conditioning systemsDampness due to floods, leaks or high humidity – creates mold and bacteriaOccupant activities – cleaning, personal care, construction, smokingCombustion – burning of some form of fuelOld/outdated building materials – asbestos, wood treated with formaldehyde
Indoor air quality is affected by anything that releases gas or particles. The most common causes of poor indoor air quality are:
Use proper ventilation around fuel burning appliances like furnaces, fireplaces, ranges and heatersReplace and maintain the air filters in your homeControl the moisture in your home – use a dehumidifier if necessary and clean your humidifiers and dehumidifiers regularlyInstall a Carbon Monoxide DetectorUse proper ventilation when cleaning, painting or using harsh chemical products in the homeTest for RadonDon’t smoke insideKeep your house clean – wash bedding, use a HEPA vacuum cleaner, and leave shoes at the door.
What can you do to improve the air quality in your home?
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