Indoor Air Quality: Top Ten Home Air Pollutants (Part One) – Advanced Mold Diagnostics
Our homes are a place of comfort and safety, or at least they should be. One of the things that often goes unnoticed however when keeping our homes safe and sound is the air that we are breathing in. Believe it or not, there are hundreds of substances that affect the indoor air quality of our homes, and many of them can cause us discomfort or even worse, serious health issues. Here are a few of the most common indoor air pollutants that we find in homes.
1) Radon – Radon is a radioactive gas that has been proven to cause cancer, and according to the Surgeon General, is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. It is also impossible to detect via taste, smell, or sight – meaning that the only way to find out if you have it is to test for it. It is a naturally occurring gas that comes from the breakdown of uranium in the rocks and soil under our homes, and can also be found in well water. How do you get rid of it? You must call a certified radon litigator to do the job.
2) Environmental Tobacco Smoke – If you smoke in or around your home, or if you have guests who do, chances are you are polluting the air in your home. Tobacco smoke is the leading cause of lung cancer and can negatively affect not only your breathing and quality of life but that of those around you. How do you prevent this? There are machines that will help you remove the smoke from your air, of course, once you stop smoking.
3) Biological Contaminates – Just as the name implies, these air contaminants are natural substances that make their way into our homes. Dander, pollen, and mold are all possible in home air pollutants and should be removed if at all possible. There are air filtration machines that can assist in the removal of these common allergens, but in the case of mold, you should call a professional to take a look at your home to determine the source of the problem.
4) Stoves, Heaters, Fireplaces and Chimneys – These sources are often gas powered, meaning that excess gas is getting into your air. Some gas is fine and normal, but if you have a lot, there might be something wrong with your system. Have these areas checked out by a professional to ensure that everything is working properly.
5) Household Products – These products include different cleaning products and paints. Make sure that you read the labels on these products so that you do not use them improperly. Try to avoid the chemicals benzene, methylene chloride, and perchloroethylene if at all possible, and dispose of empty or old, not used containers.
The pollutants here are just a few of the things that might be lurking in your home. Stay tuned for part two of our list to find out the final five most common things that effect your home indoor air quality.