We equate pollution with plumes of smelly smoke coming out of factories or the exhaust that comes out of old cars. Could you ever imagine that indoor pollutants could be more dangerous than the pollution outside? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that indoor air quality can be more than 100 times worse than outdoor air! To keep you and your family safe it a good idea to learn more about some indoor air pollutants.
Types & Sources of Indoor Air Pollution
Carbon Monoxide (CO). Carbon monoxide is an odorless, invisible gas that is produced by the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels. Too much can cause your body to stop using the oxygen it needs to function normally. Symptoms can include nausea, dizziness, headaches, tiredness, confusion and a quick heart rate. High levels can even cause death. Make sure combustion appliances are installed correctly. Don’t ever use them without vents inside and don’t ever use a gas stove to heat your home.
Nitrogen dioxide (NO 2). Nitrogen dioxide is a common oxide of nitrogen and is a toxic and corrosive gas. Extremely high levels can lead to pulmonary edema with is a potentially fatal liquid build-up in the lungs or lung injury. Moderate levels can lead to acute bronchitis and lower levels of exposure can make lung function more difficult for those who are already at risk. This includes those who suffer from asthma, those with lung disease or children. As with CO, make sure combustible appliances are installed correctly and that air can flow freely from the inside of your home to the outside and don’t allow your car to idle in the garage.
Radon. Radon is an odorless, colorless gas that occurs in low levels all the time. As the uranium in the earth breaks down it is produced naturally. Your chances of developing lung cancer increase if you’re exposed to high levels of radon. There are kits you can purchase to test random levels in your home or you can have professionals come in and test your home for you. If your home tests for elevated levels of radon then professionals will need to come in to remove it.
Secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke comes from incompletely burned tobacco products and can contain 4,700 chemical ingredients. Short term exposure can cause eye, nose and throat irritation and long-term results can produce the same results as if you were smoking yourself with wheezing, bronchitis, pneumonia and lung cancer. Asthma attacks can also be triggered by exposure to secondhand smoke. To reduce these risks do not smoke cigarettes, cigars or pipe tobacco in your home and don’t let anyone else either!
Mold. Mold are types of fungi that grow inside your home and outside. Some types of mold are harmless, but some can be dangerous. Mold can trigger allergic reactions in people with symptoms that include eye or throat irritation, stuffy nasal passages, coughing or wheezing, headaches and skin irritation. Fever and trouble breathing can occur from more severe reactions and asthma attacks can also be triggered by mold. The best way to fight mold growth is to make sure moisture and humidity levels in your home are in check.
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If you can improve the indoor air quality in your home it will decrease illness and improve your overall health. Contact Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning to find out how you can reduce the indoor air pollution in your home or business. We offer professional air duct cleaning and other HVAC services.