Like most people, you probably see your home as a safe and welcoming environment in which to relax, unwind and enjoy life with your loved ones. You no doubt take whatever steps you feel are necessary to ensure that your home remains that way, such as keeping your heating, cooling and other essential systems in good repair. If you own a commercial place of business, you likewise need to be certain that you’re spending your days in an environment that supports your health and your work.
The Inside Story
One of the most important ways you can keep your home or commercial facility safe, however, is sometimes overlooked. While most of us understand the negative health effects of air pollution, we tend to assume that this is an outdoor problem stemming from industry, transportation and other large-scale sources. Did you know, however, that indoor air pollution is actually one of the most significant sources of exposure that adults, children and pets face each day?
Indoor Air Quality is a Major Health Concern
According to the National Institutes of Health, the EPA and other expert sources, poor indoor air quality can lead to or exacerbate health issues such as:
- Asthma and allergies
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, respiratory infections and lung cancers
- Reproductive disorders
- Skin problems and damaged mucous membranes in the eyes, nose and throat
- Sensory and nervous system problems
- Cardiovascular damage
- Damage to the liver, kidneys and gastrointestinal system
Steps You Can Take
There’s no doubt that pollution is big concern, but improving air quality in your home or business is relatively easy in most cases. Let’s start with what you can do right now to help everyone breathe safer, cleaner air:
- Reduce or eliminate the use of harsh, chemically fragranced cleaners and laundry products.
- Control dust with damp cleaning methods rather than dry methods.
- Regularly bathe and groom pets to minimize pet hair and dander in the home.
- Use natural aids like houseplants and open windows.
- When decorating, buy nontoxic paints and untreated upholstery fabrics that wash easily.
- If possible, opt for wood floors and blinds over synthetic carpets and curtains.
- Buy low-voc and formaldehyde-free furniture and construction materials whenever possible.
- Regularly launder bed linens, curtains and throw rugs.
- Avoid scented candles, other scented fragrance products and tobacco smoke.
To learn more about indoor air quality, call the pros at Air Conditioning by Luquire at 334-230-5870 for an in-home evaluation and a healthier home.