How often do you think about Indoor Air Quality?
Did you know the Environmental Protection Agency lists Indoor Air Pollution as the 4th largest environmental threat in the country?
Maybe you know someone who suffers from a chronic cold, lethargy, asthma, or other ear, nose and throat irritations... these symptoms could very well be caused by an unhealthy indoor environment at home or at work.
A recent piece in the The New York Times highlighted several major pollutants and potential sources of indoor air pollution:
"Virtually every household and office building is a potential source of excessive amounts of one or another toxic pollutant - nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, formaldehyde, radon (a radioactive product of radium), sulphur dioxide, asbestos, not to mention the chemicals in hairsprays, deodorants, oven cleaners, paints, pesticides, laundry aids, floor and furniture polishes, glue and, ironically, air fresheners."
In fact, recent studies have shown that the recirculating, indoor air that we spend 90% of our lives in is more polluted than the dirtiest cities in the world (think L.A., Beijing, etc).
Thankfully, although poor Indoor Air Quality is easy to overlook (it IS invisible, after all), it can also be easily managed!
Take a look at the EPA's Indoor Air Quality Model House for a room by room tour detailing some of the key household pollutants and how to address them.
The American Lung association has put together a quick list of ways to keep pollution out.
Some of our favorites include:
- Fix all leaks and drips in the home. Standing water and high humidity encourage the growth of mold and other pollutants.
- Don't use scented candles or fragrances to hide odors. Figure out what is causing the odor, then clean that up and ventilate to add fresh air.
- Fit your kitchen with an exhaust fan that moves the air to the outside. Use the fan or open a window when cooking to remove fumes and airborne particles.
UDECON was founded with the mission to create and maintain the healthy environments in which all people live, learn, work and play.
For more information, please check us out at www.udecon.com, or give us a call at 616-245-3711.