Your home; your health? Did you know that the air inside an average home can have 2-5 times more pollution in it than what is found outdoors. Is that good for you? Of course not!
Because we spend most of our time indoors we are exposed to all sorts of pollutants. Just for starters; think of all the different sprays, cleaners, air fresheners and many other products we use in our homes everyday.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency there are 188 different toxic air pollutants. Many are known to cause cancer, respiratory or allergy problems, reproductive disorders, birth defects and other serious health issues. Some such as carbon monoxide can even be fatal.
The EPA states that the cause of indoor air pollution stems from combustion pollutants such as gas, oil, coal, wood, tobacco products, building materials, furnishings, insulation that contains asbestos, cleaning or personal use products, damp carpet and lead-based paint. The air fresheners we use release such toxins, also. Do you use or have any of these items in your home? Of course, we all do!
Other pollutants include viruses and bacteria that are spread by people and animals. Cat and dog or other pets spread bacteria through their saliva and dander. Of course, the pollen in the air causes allergies which come from plants, indoors and out.
The dried urine from mice, rats or roaches produce an allergen that permeates the air and causes respiratory and other problems.
Dust mites, which produce allergens, live in warm moist places such as mattresses, bed sheets, cloth furniture, curtains and carpets. And, as you know, mold and mildew Breed in damp areas like bathrooms, kitchens and water damaged materials.
Many diseases and other health issues are brought on by these indoor air pollutants. Colds, flu, coughing, sneezing, itchy watery eyes, yes, respiratory problems, such as asthma, nasal congestion, sinus infections, chicken pox, measles, and digestive problems can all be the result of pollutants.
So, what can you do to protect yourself and your family?
Let’s look at some things you can do to prevent or even rid your home of those awful indoor air pollutants:
- Don’t allow any smoking in your home. Smokers should go outside to smoke and away from children.
- To effectively reduce dust mites wash bed sheets in the hottest water possible on a weekly basis. Vacuum mattresses, carpets and curtains regularly with a bagless (empty each time) vacuum cleaner.
- Dust furniture with a slightly damp cloth (no sprays). Do this weekly, or more often, if needed. Air purifiers help eliminate dust.
- Fix any leaky faucets or pipes that will cause the growth of mold and mildew. Once it gets behind walls it takes professionals to clean it correctly.
- Install a whole house air purifier that can rid your home of 99% of the allergens. Click here to read about how you can literally save your family from the many health problems discussed earlier.
- Improve ventilation in your home by opening windows to allow fresh outdoor air to come inside. Make sure exhaust fans for the bathrooms and over the stove are working properly.
- Be sure that dryers vent outside instead of inside a garage or laundry room.
Reduce or eliminate the use of aerosol sprays or toxic chemicals for cleaning. Use natural products such as vinegar and peroxide, rubbing alcohol or baking soda instead.
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