The indoor air quality of your home or work is extremely important. Poor indoor air quality can cause or contribute to infections, lung cancer, and chronic lung diseases like asthma. It can also cause headaches, dry eyes, nasal congestion, and fatigue. Those who suffer from a current lung disease are at a greater risk.
The American Lung Association recommends that the most important way to fight indoor air pollutants is finding ways to keep the pollutants from being added to the air in the first place.
- Animal dander
- Particles from dust mites and cockroaches
These may cause infections and provoke asthma attacks and allergic symptons. Controlling these pollutants include tactics like washing bedding to kill dust mites, keeping animals out of the house, and careful cleaning.
Secondhand Tobacco Smoke
Secondhand smoke is a major contributor to indoor air pollution. It contains around 200 known poisons and at least 60 chemicals known to cause chemicals. In the United States 3,0000 non-smokers die of lung cancer and 50,000 non-smokers die of heart disease. Children and infants are at a higher risk of pneumonia, lower respiratory tract infections, and ear infections when exposed to secondhand smoke.
Combustion pollutants come from fuel burning stoves, furnaces, fireplaces, heaters, and water heaters using, gas, oil, coal, woof, or any other fuel. Carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide are by far the most dangerous and interfere with the delivery of oxygen to the body. They can cause fatigue, headache, confusion, nausea, dizziness, and very high levels can even cause death. The best way to control these pollutants it to assure that combustion appliances are installed and maintained properly.
Why does Indoor Air Quality matter?
- Elements within our home and workspaces have been increasingly recognized as threats to our respiratory health.
- There is an estimated 40 million people in the US who are affected by allergies.
- The prevalence rate of pediatric asthma has increased from 40.1 to 69.1. This is 72.3 percent increase.
- Asthma is the sixth ranking chronic condition in our nation and the leading serious chronic illness of children in the US.
- Poor indoor air quality can lead to the structural rotting of a home.