Indoor Air Pollution and Solutions

These days we spend about 90% of our time indoors, and with more and more pollutants in the air, the risk or becoming sick from substances in our own home is ever-growing!  Fortunately, we can work do combat these.

The first step is knowing what the sources of pollution are:  25% of indoor pollution comes from sources outside the home, while other indoor pollution comes from a variety of sources like mold, mildew, asbestos, radon, dust and carbon monoxide.  Even everyday items in our home that you can don’t really think about can cause indoor air pollution: pet fur and dander, chlorine from the shower, and fumes from beauty products.

While you may be living an otherwise healthy life, indoor air pollution can cause a variety of health problems, such as headaches, dizziness, sinus congestion, nausea, coughing, allergies, fatigue, and trouble concentrating.

How can you combat indoor air pollution?  The easiest answer to maintain a clean and updated home.

  • Test for radon and mold.
  • Check for and fix any gas leaks.
  • Replace air filters frequently.
  • Remove carpeting from your home.
  • Keep pet areas clean and remove fur and dander from carpet and furniture often.
  • Don’t smoke in your home.
  • Keep your home well ventilated.
  • Use clean products that lack strong fragrances.

For other information on indoor air pollution and how to reduce it in your home refer to the infographic, Everything You Need to Know About Indoor Air Pollution.  It is pictured below.

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