Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Poor air quality indoors can make you sick

Experts share tips on improving indoor air quality.
The air in homes is often more polluted than outdoor air, according to experts, and since most people tend to spend 90 percent of their time indoors, this prolonged exposure to indoor air pollution may lead to poor health.

Indoor air pollution is caused by a wide range of synthetic materials commonly found in homes, including paints, plastics, household cleaners, particleboard furniture and more. These can off-gas chemicals and volatile organic compounds into the ambient air.

Other indoor air contaminants include dust, pollen, mold and other allergens that can cause reactions in sensitive people.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, indoor allergens can lead to infections and respiratory problems.

In order to avoid problems with indoor air quality in the home, experts are asking homeowners to make sure that they

  • Avoid adding more contaminants by using more natural products and cleaning agents and letting new materials air out before using them indoors
  • Monitor everyone’s health symptoms to see if allergy symptoms or other ailments can be traced back to the air quality inside
  • Maintain the ventilation system and replace filters often, every 3-6 months
  • Open windows regularly if the weather and outdoor air allow it
  • Fix any plumbing problems or water leaks promptly to prevent mold from growing (mold can start growing after 24-48 hours of standing water)
  • If you suspect an air quality problem without being able to pin down the cause, call professionals or look into high-quality testing kits.
  • Use a portable air purifier with activated carbon and HEPA to help remove pollutants such as chemicals, gases, odors, particles, dust, allergens and pathogens.

Source: News 8000

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