Some people avoid staying outside for too long because of the negative effect of outdoor air pollution on their health. But do you know that air pollutants are also present inside your home?
Homeowners should be aware that maintaining good indoor air quality is as important as avoiding external air pollution, to protect their family from potential health diseases caused by numerous air pollutants.
Sources of Indoor Air Pollution
People are aware that exposure to known air pollutants, such as pollens, dust and particles, may lead to long-term health problems. However, some air pollutants can be found in chemical emissions, animal allergens, pesticides and other gases within your home. Some health problems may be caused by volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found in certain household materials, which could cause immediate illness, depending on the method and duration of exposure.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air pollution can be lessened by eliminating sources of harmful chemicals inside the home, including household cleaning products, textiles, paint, and products that emit chemicals.
Connect Building Services states that indoor air purifying or cleaning units can reduce such pollutants and their accompanying health issues by improving the quality of air inside the home.
Symptoms of Exposure to Air Pollutants
Exposing yourself to air pollutants can cause headaches, allergic skin reactions, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, and difficulty in breathing. In worse cases, these pollutants can cause chronic health problems or damage the central nervous system, the heart and/or the kidneys.
Air pollution-related health problems include respiratory diseases or allergies, such as allergic rhinitis and asthma. These effects have the potential to worsen even long after the initial exposure.
Homeowners can maintain good indoor air quality through proper ventilation. HVAC systems do not automatically produce fresh air. Ventilation is effective in lessening the concentration of air pollutants and ushering in fresh air from outside.
Air cleaning systems with good filtration are also ideal for controlling dust levels. Opening windows and doors, if the weather permits, will also improve air quality within your home.