It’s your home. It’s not just a place, it’s a feeling. But when that feeling is wheezing, sneezing and uncomfortable all the time — there’s something wrong. Indoor air quality can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air, and since the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that people spend 90 percent of their time indoors, a bad air day everyday is not something to take lightly.
While it’s easy to see when you need to dust or sweep, it’s harder to know when the air in your home needs cleaning. Yet, if you could see the air you breathe …
Why breathe dirty air? Poor air quality can threaten your family’s health, so it’s important to keep things out of your home that cause polluted indoor air and ensure your home is a healthy one.
Finding the Culprit of Dirty Air
Indoor air quality is affected by many things in your home — some of which you’d likely never guess. Mold, pollen, volatile organic compounds (VOC) from cleaning chemicals and paints are widely known culprits contributing to poor air quality. But, according to the Global Healing Center, there are some unknown drivers. Here’s your checklist for finding the culprit:
- Do you have furniture purchased prior to 2006? It may contain toxic PBDEs.
- Do you use air fresheners? A recent study found the terpenes released by air fresheners interact with ozone to form compounds like formaldehyde and acetone at concentrations, which can cause respiratory sensitivity and airflow limitation.
- Do you burn candles in your home? Most candles, especially the scented ones made with paraffin wax, contain benzene and toluene, two known carcinogens.
- Do you print a lot from your computer? Printing inks, like those used in home printers, contain glymes. These industrial chemicals have been linked to developmental and reproductive damage.
Time for a Healthy Home
In general there are three main approaches to improve indoor air quality (IAQ):
1. Remove the source of the air pollutant –
Check areas where mold in a house is most often found, keep your rooms free and clear of dust and make sure you regularly check your air vents. In addition, take a proactive approach — use safe cleaning products and consider product ingredients before you purchase.
2. Increase ventilation in your home –
Today’s homes are tightly sealed, built with energy efficiency in mind. While this is good for keeping heated and cooled air from seeping out, it also keeps uncomfortable odors and harmful pollutants trapped inside. A whole home ventilation system allows for fresh, clean air.
3. Consider an air cleaner and other whole home IAQ solutions –
After all, if you could see the air you breathe — think about what you’d want it to look like.
It’s time to make sure the air you’re breathing every day is clean and we can help. Find a clean air solution today.