4 Factors that Impact Indoor Air Quality
The air quality in your home could be making you, or someone in your family's life miserable. From annoyances like itchy eyes, or dryness, to serious health issues, here are some things that could be the source of your discomfort...
When you think of air pollution, you probably think of smoggy cities with cars and factories. But in reality, the air in your own home can be even more polluted than the air outdoors. For people affected by allergies or asthma, this can have a major effect on their health and comfort and they may not even realize the cause of the irritants.
Let's take a look at some of the most common culprits that may be affecting the air quality in your home.
1. Smoking This may be the most obvious factor on our list, but it is perhaps the most important. Smoking indoors pollutes the air more than any other source. Attempting to contain the smoking to one area of the house is ineffective because the natural air circulation in your home will distribute the contaminants.Even smoking outdoors does little to spare your home from the impact of second hand smoke due to the residue that attaches to clothing and hair. Unfortunately, the only way to protect your home from smoking contaminants is to stop smoking completely.
2. Pets Furry family members are a source of joy to many homes, but for those afflicted with allergies, the fur and dander can be too much to tolerate. Even clean, well-groomed pets shed a considerably amount of dander. Dander can almost always be found in the air, even in homes without pets, due to contaminants clinging to guests and family members from outside. Dusting and vacuuming frequently with a HEPA filter can help minimize the effects.
3. Chemicals Hair products, detergents, cleaning solutions, air fresheners, and endless other products that we use daily keep a steady stream of harmful chemicals in our air long after that pleasant scent is gone. While unbearable to those with allergies, those who may not notice any adverse reactions are still silently affected by the pollutants. Use natural, unscented products whenever possible to minimize the health hazards.
4. Humidity The humidity level in your home can affect more than just your comfort. A humid home is a breeding ground for mold spores, dust mites and other allergens. Keep your humidity at a safe level by utilizing dehumidifiers and air conditioners, install exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathroom to help expel the extra moisture found in these rooms, and address any leaks or water accumulation quickly.
Being mindful of these common air pollutants, along with good cleaning habits and maybe a few house plants to filter the air can go a long way in keeping the air in your home clean. This will minimize health problems and increase your comfort level while spending time in your home.