When we think of air pollution, we usually refer to outdoor air quality. We know its healthier to avoid fumes from cars, planes, ships, etc. But what about the air we breathe indoors? These days Americans spend more time inside our homes, offices and public buildings than in decades past. Modern construction has vastly improved and as a consequence, not as much fresh air enters buildings.
Today we breathe in many more pollutants that can cause allergies, asthma and lung issues. Some pollutants are unavoidable, but others we add to our home environment without much thought.
Household cleaning products, pet dander, dust mites, pesticides, formaldehyde from pressed wood cabinets and furniture, and fumes from gas ranges can contribute to indoor pollution. Carpet fibers can trap dirt and pollen carried from outside. Bed covers, pillows and fabric couches can harbor dust mites.
There are a myriad of air freshening sprays and vaporizers that put aromatic compounds into the air that can irritate allergies and the delicate airways in our lungs. It makes good sense to minimize spraying aerosols indoors, or at least walk away when using hairsprays etc., so not to breath them in.
Exposure to asbestos, cigarette smoke, pollution, carbon monoxide and radon can have serious consequences to lung health.
Molds and mildews can release disease causing toxins resulting in coughing, dizziness, lethargy, sneezing, watery eyes, shortness of breath, asthma, and digestive problems. Companies can easily test your home’s air quality and level of mold by taking air samples in different rooms.
Protect your lungs. Make sure your building is well ventilated and keep your house clean of dust and mold. Open windows and air out rooms regularly. Go for a walk and enjoy the health benefits of breathing fresh air.