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Indoor Air Quality: How clean is the air in your home?
Article submission by: Caitlin Caldie
Company Affilliation: Alley Heating and Air
Did you know that the air inside your home is often up to 100 times more
polluted than even the most contaminated outdoor air? This means, that every
day, your family is breathing in numerous toxins that most of us are unaware
Im sure you are unaware that; mold, asbestos, ozone, VOCs,
carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, pet dander, radon and pesticides are just some
of the particles found in your indoor air. This sounds scary doesnt it? I
didnt even know what half of these things were, and to hear that they are
found in the air in my home that I breathe as I sleep, eat and lounge around, I
suddenly was dreading going home. And I even thought about reporting my own home
as a safety hazard.
This indoor air quality problem is becoming very serious
throughout America because most people are unaware of how this could be
affecting your daily quality of life and even your quality of life in the long
This is such a big deal that The U.S. Surgeon General issued a Call to Action in June of 2009 to generate healthy indoor air quality in the home. I
wasnt too surprised how serious the U.S. Surgeon General is handling this
issue after finding out that these various indoor air contaminants are the
cause and triggers of 50% of human illnesses and diseases; such as allergies,
flu, colds, and asthma.
I dont blame you if you are itching to stop reading to grab the nearest
bleach bottle and fan, but there are way more effective solutions.
The surgeon general recommends four ways to improve the quality of air you
breathe in your home
First of all, your home should be a smoke-free environment. Thats an easy
one, even cutting down on smoking inside your home, or even just stepping
outside before you light-up will drastically increase the indoor air quality of
The second recommendation is to become aware and active in
preventing carbon monoxide poisoning inside your home. Carbon monoxide can be
avoided so easily, by just having any gas burning appliances in or around your
home checked on yearly and repaired if they arent running properly. Also
having carbon monoxide detectors in your home is important.
These are two
simple and more commonly known ways to improve your indoor air quality.
Now to the important and most thorough solution to this indoor air quality
mess; ventilation and filtration. Makes sense right? If the air is bad, bring
in good air, and make sure its good air before it comes anywhere
inside your home.
According to the California Environmental Protection Agency,
adults spend more than 60% of each day in their home, breathing polluted air.
Most new homes feature mechanical systems that bring outdoor air into the home
using all energy efficiency equipment. There are many types and sizes of air
cleaners available and all are so worth it, and has been the best solution to
improving the air inside houses with various levels of pollutants.
Who can put
a price on the health and safety of your family? Right? Well that goes to a
certain point. Of course you want the best for your family, but it is hard to
determine on your own what the best is.
Until just recently I had no idea the
air inside my home is the main cause of my childs allergies, ast
hma and sicknesses. Now that I know this, I want the best, but researching the
best is the key.
You should first test the air inside your home, find out just
how bad it is. Call a qualified indoor air quality technician, they have these
nifty little devices that measure all indoor contaminates. By having the air in
your home tested, you can then determine the best plan that is specific to your
home and familys needs.
Since this is a national call to action there are so
many resources out there to help you make your home a healthy environment.
would recommend contacting a local Indoor Air Quality specialist to help you
find a plan that works best for you and your family.
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