According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), poor indoor air quality is among the top 5 environmental risks individuals are exposed to. Fortunately there are easy ways to improve indoor air quality.
Why is this so important?
Most American families spend nearly 90 percent of their time indoors. There are serious health consequences to breathing indoor air pollution on a regular basis – especially to the most vulnerable members of your home, like children, the elderly or those who already suffer from health problems like asthma and allergies.
Indoor Air Pollution
Several sources and causes of indoor air pollution can contribute negatively to your family’s overall indoor air quality and health. Things like cleaning products, furnaces, tobacco products, pets, humidity and even outdoor air pollutants all contribute to the buildup of mold, mildew, pollen, dust mites, bacteria, viruses and pet dander that circulate the air in a home through your ventilation system, causing a wide variety of health problems.
Common Health Problems
- Breathing problems like coughing, shortness of breath, nasal congestion, sinus issues, and asthmatic and allergic reactions.
- Physical issues like fatigue, heart problems, joint pain, irritation of skin, eyes, and throat, migraines, a decreased sense of taste or smell, swollen skin beneath the eyes and hives.
- Emotional distress which can cause depression and trouble sleeping.
To prevent these indoor air pollutant-based health problems, it is wise to take precautions. Clean, filter and purify your air ventilation system to prevent the buildup and circulation of these common contaminants.
10 Ways To Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality
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