Indoor Air Quality
What Causes Indoor Air Quality Problems?
Indoor pollution sources that release particles or gasses into the air are the primary cause of indoor air quality problems in homes. Not having the proper ventilation can increase indoor pollutant levels by not bringing in enough outdoor air to dilute emissions from indoor sources and by not carrying indoor air pollutants out of the home. High temperature and humidity levels can also increase concentrations of some pollutants. Our homes are kept closed up in the summer to keep the heat out, and in the winter to keep the cold out. Never allowing the home to ventilate completely.
There are many sources of indoor air pollution in any home. These include combustion sources such as heating oil, natural gas, and tobacco products; building materials and furnishings as diverse as deteriorated, asbestos -containing insulation, wet or damp carpet, and cabinetry or furniture made of certain pressed wood products; products for household cleaning and maintenance, personal care products; central heating and cooling systems and humidification devices; and outdoor sources such as pesticides, fertilizer and outdoor air pollution.
The relative importance of any single source depends on how much of a given pollutant it emits and how hazardous those emissions are. In some cases, factors such as how old the source is and whether it is properly maintained are significant. For example, an improperly adjusted gas stove can emit significantly more carbon monoxide than one that is properly adjusted.
Some sources, such as building materials, furnishings, and household products like air fresheners, release pollutants more or less continuously. Other sources, related to activities carried out in the home, release pollutants intermittently. These include smoking, the use of solvents in cleaning and hobby activities, the use of paint strippers in redecorating activities, and the use of cleaning products and pesticides in house-keeping. High pollutant concentrations can remain in the air for long periods after some of these activities.
Indoor Air Quality Improvements
There are some things that can be done to improve the indoor air quality in a home. Make sure all gas appliances are running as they should, you may need to have a certified service tech inspect them. Reduce the amount of cleaners used in the home, stay away from aerosols. According to a recent study published in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, “The researchers found that cleaning sprays, especially air fresheners, furniture cleaners and glass-cleaners, had a particularly strong effect [in creating asthma symptoms].” The study continues: “Frequent use of household cleaning sprays may be an important risk factor for adult asthma …The relative risk rates of developing adult asthma in relation to exposure to cleaning products could account for as much as 15 percent, or one in seven of adult asthma cases.”
A great way to have an immediate and lasting effect on the indoor air quality is to have an Ozone treatment done on your home. This will eradicate all the pollutants from the air and surfaces in your home. And it is not a chemical. It is all natural and leaves no residue behind. Nothing is better or faster acting at improving your health in your home.
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