Daily Archives: June 2, 2017

Are You Breathing In Polluted Air Inside Your Home?

Air pollution

You probably think of smoke from vehicles and factories when you hear the words “air pollution.” You try to avoid inhaling air that you know went through contamination and may cause health issues. But did you know that the quality of the air in your home might be just as bad or even worse?

Common Pollutants

Consider these pollutants in your home:

  • Chemicals from cleaners, bug spray, and air fresheners
  • Fire-retardants
  • Paint
  • House dust that may contain lead
  • Radon
  • Formaldehyde
  • Dust mites
  • Pet dander
  • Pollen
  • Bug carcasses
  • Dead skin cells from human occupants

That is a list of the most common pollutants in homes. You can also add mold if you have water damage or a leaky pipe. All summed up, these pollutants are just as bad for your family as the pollutants you may encounter outside.

Ways to Prevent Them

To prevent these problems, and to limit the amount of pollution indoors, here are some effective ideas:

  • Most of the dust and dirt you take in with you rests on the floor. Vacuum regularly using a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter. Clean your carpets and area rugs, and give them the shampoo treatment occasionally. Use a damp (not soaking wet) mop to catch whatever particles the vacuum missed. Pure water is fine for cleaning up dust and other particles.
  • Put mats before every door. If possible, do not allow shoes inside the house.
  • Keep humidity under 50% to prevent moisture, which mold and dust mites like. Use a dehumidifier powerful enough for the room where you are using it.
  • Invest in air purification systems in Salt Lake City. This system sucks in some of the most common indoor air pollutants.
  • Do not allow smoking. Smoking is bad for everyone’s health, not just the smoker’s.
  • Get your home inspected for radon, a radioactive gas. It is odorless and colorless, so you may not know that it is present.
  • Get rid of scented candles. There are natural ways to make your home smell fresh, such as orange peel.

You look at your home as your refuge from the outside world and as your family’s protection from air pollutants. Make sure the quality of your indoor air is healthy and safe.