How to Identify and Prevent Indoor Air Pollution

How to Identify and Prevent Indoor Air Pollution

According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the air quality within a building can be worse than the outside air. Research shows that most people spend up to 90 percent of their time indoors. Therefore, indoor air quality is critical for health and well-being.

What Causes Indoor Air Pollution?

Indoor air pollution is caused by a variety of sources, including:

  • Deteriorated building materials, such as insulation with asbestos, damp carpet, and pressurized wood products (that contain chemicals)
  • Mold, mites, and bacteria from moist conditions and poorly maintained air conditioners
  • Hobby items, toiletries, personal care, and household cleaning products, as organic vapors come in the form of paint cleaners, hair spray, and pesticides
  • An outdated or poorly maintained ventilation or HVAC system
  • Certain building materials or products which can emit pollutants continually
  • A malfunctioning gas stove which can emit pollutants intermittently

Regardless of the source, pollutants can remain in the air for long periods of time.

How To Measure Air Quality In Your Home

The easiest way to identify indoor air pollution is to look for internal sources.

  • Make a list of potential sources and see what you can do to reduce or contain them.
  • Be aware of your lifestyle and think about which of your activities could be contributing to air quality.
  • Pay attention to your health and consult with your doctor if you have any sudden, unexplained physical symptoms.
  • Check the ventilation system to ensure it’s working properly.
  • Confirm if the air is stuffy or smelly and if there is moisture condensation on walls or windows.
  • Make sure there is no mold growing around windows or in moist places.

How To Reduce Indoor Air Pollution

The best way to prevent indoor air pollution is by improving the ventilation system.

  • Make sure you are following the ventilation & HVAC maintenance schedule and consult with a professional to ensure that the system is properly working
  • Install high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters
  • Be sure to use fans in areas that need it, such as the kitchen or a hobby room
  • Reduce exposure to combustion products by installing outside hoods for gas stoves, inspecting furnaces and water heaters, eliminating smoking inside the home, and avoiding warming up the car in the garage
  • Consider getting a comprehensive air quality test performed in the home.

In conclusion, quality indoor air is essential for health and well-being. Educate yourself on what causes indoor air pollution and how to identify it. Be proactive and take the necessary steps to reduce or eliminate the pollutants. Doing so is good for both your house and yourself.

Make sure you’re breathing in the fresh air in your Boise home. Call Wickstrom Plumbing Heating and Cooling at (208) 505-9352, and get the experts to solve the problem.

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