It’s essential to have healthy air at home because most of the time we spend indoors. Many pollutants are trying to make your home unhealthy. For example, in some of them, you can see dust. It is harder to figure out when the air indoors needs cleaning. Most of the air pollutants are so small that the human eye can’t see them. So, the indoor air you breathe may be dangerous to your health even without any significant signs. Indoor air can be 2-5 times more polluted than the air outdoors.
How to know if your indoor air is healthy or not, and what to do if it’s not? Let Indoor Breathing tell you.
Healthy or not?
If you sneeze, cough, or wheeze when you are at home but feel great outside, that’s a clear sign that your air indoors is unhealthy. Maybe you don’t have any health problems, your home seems clean, but you are still concerned that the air you breathe inside may be harming your health? It would help if you did a little digging. Walkthrough the home and ask some questions to determine if the indoor air is causing a problem.
- Start with floors. Do you have carpets? A carpet is an ideal place for dust mites. These diminutive insects are very unlikely to people with allergies. You can’t see them. They live inside carpeting, pillows, and bedding, excreting waste products that cause allergic symptoms.
- Several types of materials used in homes can release chemicals known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Materials that may emit VOCs include:
- Composite wood products
- Paint, resin, and varnish
- Organic or rubber solvents
- Putty, sealants, and caulks
Do you have any of these materials at home?
- Can you see or smell mold or mildew? Actually, mold is everywhere. There are no spaces in your home without mold. But, without enough moisture, mold cannot grow.
- Is the humidity usually above 50 percent? Check if there are leaks or standing water anywhere at the home- kitchen, basement, attic. High humidity allows mold to grow. The best way to control them is to keep moisture between 30-50%.
- Is anybody smoking indoors? No one should smoke indoors.
- Are all fuel-burning devices (gas stoves, water heaters, fireplaces) fully vented to the outdoors? Proper ventilation keeps the air fresh and healthy indoors.
- Is there an attached garage or basement where cars, lawnmowers, or motorcycles are stored?
- Do you keep paints, household chemicals, or solvents indoors or in an attached garage or basement?
- When was the last time you renovated or added new furniture, carpeting, or painted?
- Do you use odor-masking chemicals or “air-freshening” devices?
- Do you cover or remove kitchen or food garbage?
- Have you used pesticides recently?
- You should test your home for radon. It is a hazardous substance and doesn’t cause noticeably visible signs.
If you want to make your job easier, you can use a laser particle counter. It will help you monitor the air quality in your home. The counter’s readings give you an overall idea of the entire amount of particles. If you want to know exactly what types of allergens are crawling in your air, you can use an allergen test kit.