What exactly amounts to air pollution?
Plumes of industrial smoke rising into the air?
Dark clouds of smoke from dumpsites and vehicles?
Destruction of the ozone layer?
While all these are certainly forms of air pollution, the often neglected truth is that poor indoor air quality is the most common form of pollution. You may not be able to smell it or even see it, but contaminated air in your home can cause all kinds of health complications.
With the average American spending 90% of their time indoors, health complications relating to air quality are more rampant than ever.
So how do you protect your loved ones from this health hazard?
Check out these indoor air quality facts to get an idea of where to start from.
Poor indoor air quality was featured in EPA’s top environmental hazards affecting public health. The research found indoor air to have two to five times more pollutants compared to outdoor air.
Part of the reason for these findings is poor ventilation. As such, you should air out your home as much as possible to get rid of polluted air. Better yet, have trickle vents installed in your home for 24/7 ventilation.
Believe it or not, your air freshener could be doing the exact of opposite of what it’s made to do.
Some of the popular air fresheners used in American households contain phthalates. These noxious chemicals can affect reproductive development, interfere with hormone functioning, and worsen respiratory diseases such as asthma.
To avoid this type of indoor air pollution, always check your air freshener’s ingredients for phthalates before buying it.
Installing UV lights in your home can improve the quality of the air you breathe. These lights sterilize the coils found in your HVAC system, helping to maintain a healthier environment indoors.
The printing ink you use in your home printer contains chemicals known as glymes. These chemicals are harmful to the human reproductive system. The effect is more profound after long-term exposure.
With this in mind, you may want to avoid using inkjet printers in poorly ventilated rooms.
Candles create a cozy ambiance in your home, but you need to be careful which ones you buy.
Scented candles made of paraffin wax can compromise your indoor air quality. They contain carcinogens such as toluene and benzene as well as the hydrocarbons found in vehicle exhaust fumes. When you burn these candles indoors, you’re simply filling your home with toxic chemicals.
If you really have to use candles indoors, go for safer options like soy-based or beeswax candles.
With these indoor air quality facts in mind, it’s important to take immediate action to improve the quality of air in your home. Measuring the indoor air quality with a VOC sensor or a carbon dioxide meter will help you detect invisible and odorless pollutants in your home.
To help you decontaminate your home’s air quality, feel free to contact us.