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Monday, December 29, 2014

Indoor Air Quality Matters



Indoor Air Quality Matters

Did you know that your home's indoor air quality has a big impact on your health? With a regular service and maintenance program for your heating and cooling system, you can provide clean air for your home and prevent potential health problems for your family. 

Why Is Indoor Air Quality Important?

According to the American Lung Association, your indoor air quality contributes to your respiratory health. Poor indoor air quality can cause a variety of upper and lower respiratory illnesses including allergies and asthma. In addition, breathing contaminated indoor air can trigger headaches, irritated eyes and throat, stuffy nose, and even fatigue. Elderly homeowners and young children, especially with existing health problems and compromised immune systems, are more susceptible to health problems related to poor indoor air quality. 

Common Household Pollutants

Biological Pollutants

Common biological pollutants include bacteria, viruses, molds, pollen, animal dander and particles from dust mites and cockroaches. These pollutants can easily be inhaled through indoor air causing respiratory infections, allergic reactions and asthma attacks. Illness can result in lost work and school days for your family. To control these pollutants, you should change your filtrete air filter in your furnace every 30 days. Wash all bedding in hot water to kill dust mites, keep pets clean and well-groomed, and carefully clean your house regularly, especially in areas like the kitchen and bathroom where moisture can promote mold growth. 

Tobacco Smoke

Cigarette smoke is a major indoor air pollutant that contributes to many illnesses. Tobacco smoke contains over 200 known poisons, like carbon monoxide and formaldehyde, and over 60 toxic chemicals that are known to cause cancer. Secondhand smoke also creates health problems for non-smokers. In the U.S. alone, secondhand smoke contributes to an estimated 3,000 lung cancer deaths and 50,000 heart disease deaths every year. In children, especially infants, it can cause respiratory and ear infections, asthma and pneumonia. 

Chemicals

Hundreds of harmful chemicals are released into the air through household cleaning products, personal beauty products, household paints and indoor pesticides. They can cause symptoms including dizziness, nausea, skin and eye irritation, respiratory tract infections and asthma. To reduce your health risks from chemicals, use green, eco-friendly products and always follow the manufacturer's directions for use. Another common chemical often found in carpets, particle board furniture and plywood building products is formaldehyde, a known toxic substance than poses health risks. To protect yourself and your family, avoid indoor products that contain formaldehyde.

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