The air in your home can be more polluted than the air outside. That’s because the air inside is trapped by closed windows and doors, which don’t let in the fresh air. The result: indoor pollution from sources such as gas stoves, paint fumes, cleaning products, mold, and mildew.
Indoor air quality is a big issue.
Air quality is an important health issue. Indoor air pollution is a bigger problem than outdoor air pollution, and it can cause serious health problems.
Indoor air pollutants include radon gas, mold, and moisture, carbon monoxide from gas stoves or fireplaces (if they’re not properly ventilated), and second-hand smoke from cigarette smoke that has been absorbed into your furniture and walls over time, even if you never smoked yourself. Poor ventilation in your home also contributes to poor indoor air quality, especially if you live in an older home with inefficient windows or no central heating/cooling system at all.
What causes indoor air pollution?
Indoor air pollution comes from many sources:
- Mold, dust mites, and pollen
- Pet dander (skin cells) and fur
- Cigarette smoke
- Volatile organic compounds (VOCs), are chemicals that can be found in building materials such as paint or carpeting. VOCs also come from cleaning products and air fresheners you might use in your home.
What are some things you can do to improve your indoor air quality?
You can improve your indoor air quality by:
- Using natural cleaning products. The best way to do this is by using baking soda and vinegar as a cleaning solution. You can also make your own floor cleaner with equal parts white vinegar, olive oil, and lemon juice. This works great on hardwood floors!
- Removing carpets and rugs from your home if possible (if not, vacuum regularly). Carpets trap dust mites and other allergens that can cause respiratory problems such as allergies or asthma attacks when inhaled over time.
- Remove chemicals from your home by getting rid of paint thinners/cleaners/varnishes etc.; these types of chemicals are known carcinogens which means they increase the risk of developing cancer over time.
- Getting filters, UV air purification systems, zone systems, and humidifiers installed checked, and serviced by experts.
Improving your home’s indoor air quality can improve your health and happiness.
Indoor air quality is a big deal. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that indoor air pollution causes about 1 in 5 deaths from cancer and other diseases in the United States each year. And it’s not just your health that suffers: according to NASA, poor indoor air quality can also lead to lower productivity at work or school because of fatigue and headaches caused by poor ventilation.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take at home to improve your home’s indoor air quality.
Improving your home’s indoor air quality can improve your health and happiness. This article has provided some tips on how to make sure that your home is as healthy as possible. Improving indoor air quality is not an easy task, but it’s worth it if it means better health for you and your family.