We all get sick once in a while, but if you find yourself getting sick frequently with similar symptoms you may want to determine if the air indoor your home may be causing it.
When determining the main factors that determine indoor air quality in your home, when must first categorize the main contamination culprits.
- Chemicals – the usual complaints of chemical interference are bad odors and irritation to the eyes nose and throat.
- Radon – Radon is a gas that occurs naturally in soil and rock in some regions and that can get inside buildings by diffusing through the soil. In indoor air, it can lead to lung cancer.
- Microbes and particles – Particles may be in part from outdoor pollution, however may also start from indoors via burning of fuels for heating and cooking. Microbes including fungi and viruses cause asthma and allergies in the lungs.
- Humidity – . Too low humidity causes eye irritation, dry skin, and rashes, whereas too high humidity results in water damage and mold problems and favors the growth of dust mites.
- Ventilation – Poorly aired offices and schools, for instance can affect health and work or academic performance. Controlled ventilation is especially needed in heavily insulated buildings that allow little air exchange with the outside.
- Pets and pests – Indoors, pests, house dust mites, cockroaches, and – in inner cities in particular – mice are important sources of These allergens cause inflammation and can lead to diseases of the airways like rhinitis and asthma.
In order to improve the air inside your home and start to feel better reflect on the above list and make some changes.
- Use natural cleaning products in your home. Vinegar and lemon juice are natural disinfectants, use baking soda for a cleanser grit, and rinse with warm water to clean safely.
- Always have an open window for proper ventilation and humidity control.
- Avoid using air fresheners and scented products every day.
- Pet owners need to be diligent in keeping their animals well brushed and cleaned regularly. Use a damp mop for clearing dander and fur from floors, walls and ceilings.
- Change the air filter on your furnace and HVAC systems four times a year (change of seasons).
- IMPORTANT before you begin any destructive investigation, like teraing open walls or ceilings make sure the house doesn’t contain asbestos; or you could make things worse and endanger the health of everyone who enters the house. If you are unsure if the house contains asbestos, contact an asbestos removal company to conduct testing.