How Clean is your Indoor Air

Even before COVID-19 started this year,  clean indoor air quality was a major issue.  Yet, the majority of homeowners do not pay attention to this important aspect of the home.  So why the big deal?

What Is Indoor Air Quality?

Let’s first look at what Indoor Air Quality is…according the EPA, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) refers to the quality of the air within and around buildings and structures.  Health effects from indoor pollutants may result immediately after exposure, or even years later.

Indoor Air Pollutants

Now let’s take a look at what  pollutants and their effects on our health.  Indoor air pollutants come from many sources, some of which are listed below:

  • Perfumes
  • Air Fresheners
  • Asbestos
  • Biological Contaminants
  • Building Materials
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Cleaning Products
  • Environmental Smoke
  • Formaldehyde
  • Lead
  • Mold
  • Nitrogen Dioxide
  • Paints & Stains
  • Pets
  • Radon
  • Secondhand Smoke
  • Stripping Agents
  • Stoves/Heaters
  • Fireplaces and Chimneys
  • VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds

SHORT-TERM EFFECTS:  Several of these pollutants cause acute health effects such as, irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, headaches, dizziness, nausea, and fatigue.  The severity of it depends on the length of exposure, and the sensitivity of the person.

LONG TERM EFFECTS:  Other health problems or diseases may not appear for years after exposure or repeatable exposure.  These health effects can be respiratory diseases, heart disease, central nervous system diseases, and cancer. 

It is absolutely a priority to improve the indoor air quality in your home, even if you have no signs of health problems.

Ways to keep your Air Clean

Now we’ll discuss what steps you can take to ensure clean air in your home.  

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