Although ventilating your home can help improve its indoor air quality to some degree, there are many home air hazards that must be addressed if you want to breathe truly clean, healthy air while at home. Unfortunately, many of these air hazards are difficult to pinpoint, largely going unnoticed – until chronic exposure to them begins causing sensitivities and other health problems. By taking a proactive approach and eliminating as many indoor air hazards as possible, you can help ward off health trouble over time. Below, we highlight a few of the most common indoor air pollutants and how you can reduce or eliminate them.
The Problem – Carbon monoxide is invisible, odorless and tasteless; in low doses, it can cause headaches, nausea, dizziness and other flu-like symptoms. At higher doses, carbon monoxide can be deadly.
The Solution – Buying a carbon monoxide detector is a smart way to be alert about increased levels of the toxin inside the home. Additionally, you should always keep an eye on gas appliances and never run your car inside an attached garage.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
The Problem – VOCs include chemicals like formaldehyde; they evaporate at room temperature and are found in a plethora of commonly used household items like disinfectants, paints, carpets and air fresheners. The health effects of exposure to VOCs can be minimal to serious, depending on the chemicals involved.
The Solution – Minimizing the use of harsh home cleaning products can help lower the levels of VOCs in the home. There is little to be done about the VOCs found in carpeting, paint and other things, though. Only a HEPA air purifier with an activated carbon filter can effectively remove VOCs from the air in your home.
The Problem – As the leading cause of cancer after smoking, radon – an odorless, tasteless and colorless gas – can cause serious health problems. It most commonly seeps into basements through cracks then infiltrates the rest of a house over time.
The Solution – There are testing kits available that check for the presence of radon in the home. If your kit shows radon in your home, call a professional to handle the problem for you.
The Problem – Most commonly found in bedding, carpets and other upholstered items around the house, dust mites can exacerbate health problems such as asthma and can trigger allergic reactions. The mites themselves may not cause problems, but their feces can. Unfortunately, dust mites can get into every nook and cranny of a home, swirling around in the air.
The Solution – Using dust mite barriers on mattresses and pillows is a good way to keep dust mite allergens from proliferating. However, this does nothing about the mites that float around the air in your home. Only a HEPA air purifier can safely and effectively remove this irritant from the air that you and your family breathes.
The Problem – Mold spores are so pervasive that there is no way to completely eliminate them from the home. However, they can increase to troublesome numbers due to damp, moist conditions. When their numbers skyrocket, so do allergic reactions and other symptoms.
The Solution – Always repair leaks as soon as they arise to prevent the damp conditions in which mold thrives. For those ubiquitous mold spores that are ever present within your home, only a high quality HEPA air purifier can remove most of them.
Second Hand Smoke
The Problem – Smoking not only causes a host of serious and deadly health problems for the people who do it, but its presence in the home can trigger health problems for innocent bystanders as well. Minimally, tobacco smoke can trigger asthma reactions and allergies; at worst, it can promote cancer.
The Solution – The best way to avoid the problem of second hand smoke in the home is by not allowing anyone to smoke inside it.
HEPA Air Purifiers: Your Ally in the Battle against Home Air Hazards
By following the suggestions highlighted above, you can minimize the impact that home air hazards have on the health of your loved ones and yourself. You may have noticed that HEPA air purifiers kept popping up as a solution to various problems; that’s because they remove up to 99.97% of indoor air pollutants as small as 0.3 microns and work more effectively than anything else at improving indoor air quality.
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