Indoor Air Pollutants You Should Be Aware Of
If nobody in your home is experiencing any immediate health issues, you may ignore the warnings about indoor air pollutants. It is important to understand that the negative effects of these pollutants can actually appear many years down the road in the form of reproductive health problems and even cancer.
The following is a list of common pollutants you should be aware of:
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
These are chemical compounds found in paints, furniture and dry cleaning. Effects include headaches, dizziness and cancer. To reduce your risk, remember to buy low- or no-VOC products and seek out an environmental dry cleaner.
The effects of climate change can activate the formation of ground-level ozone, which is an odorless gas that causes respiratory problems. Always be aware of local ozone levels when using specific products.
Radon gas—a tasteless, odorless and invisible gas—is the second leading cause of lung cancer in this country. The EPA suggests that all homes be tested. You can purchase your own test kit or hire a qualified contractor to conduct the testing.
Many homes still contain lead-based paint. Be aware that homeowners can expose family members to lead dust when scraping, sanding, stripping or demolishing painted areas.
This toxic material can live in your home, jeopardizing the health of all family members. A home inspection that tests for asbestos can be vital because asbestos materials may release fibers if disturbed, deteriorated or damaged.
These contaminants—mold, bacteria, mildew, cockroaches and pollen—can cause allergic rhinitis and asthma. Because these pollutants are exacerbated by moisture and nutrients, keep the indoor humidity at 30-50 percent to inhibit their growth. Also remove damp environments.
The bottom line is never ignore the warnings about indoor air pollutants. And be sure to understand what you can do keep your family healthy.
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