Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Health

Most Americans spend about 90% of their time indoors. Indoor air often contains higher concentrations of hazardous pollutants than outdoor air. One out of three homes has someone who suffers from allergies or asthma, and research indicates that indoor pollutants can trigger asthma attacks or allergic reactions.

In addition to allergy and asthma problems, exposure to indoor air pollutants may also cause fatigue, headaches, nausea, scratchy throat, and nasal irritation. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency has determined that 50% of all illnesses are either caused or aggravated by polluted indoor air!

Sources of Major Indoor Air Quality Problems:

  • Bedrooms–dust and dust mites, bacteria and viruses, pet dander
  • Bathrooms–mold, mildew, bacteria and viruses, household cleaning agents
  • Attic–asbestos, dust, formaldehyde
  • Living areas–carbon monoxide, tobacco smoke, organic chemicals from carpeting, furniture, glues and varnishes, pet dander
  • Kitchen–carbon dioxide, household cleaning agents, formaldehyde, tobacco smoke
  • Garage–carbon monoxide, paints, solvents, mold, mildew, gasoline fumes, pesticides and herbicides
  • Yard–pollen, dust, pesticides and herbicides
  • Eight Actions You Can Take To Keep Your Air Clean
  • Install and properly maintain your air cleaning system
  • Have your heating/air conditioning ducts cleaned at least annually
  • Vacuum frequently with a good vacuum cleaner
  • Dust often, with a damp rag
  • Remove shoes at the door to avoid tracking in dirt and harmful substances
  • Avoid smoking indoors
  • Wash bedding weekly using hot water
  • Dry clothing and bedding using high-heat to help remove allergens

 

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