Thursday, May 7, 2009
How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Health
At Green Cleaners we're on a mission to improve your indoor air, and for good reason too. It is important to have fresh air circulating throughout your home/office. Although we may want to seal up our living/work place nice and tight, we have to do it in such a way that we are able to change old, stale air with new fresh air. But you don’t have to take my word for it.
But what are the health consequences of poor indoor air quality? The most common symptoms are irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, headaches, fatigue and dizziness. Usually, these symptoms go away when the person is no longer exposed to the irritants.
But it is also possible to develop long-term chronic conditions and diseases like asthma, hypersensitivity pneumonitis and humidifier fever. Other health effects won't even be noticeable till years after the exposure: Respiratory disease, heart disease and cancer. It is extremely important to keep your indoor air healthy.
The full health extent of the chemicals in our homes is unknown. For more information, visit the EPA's indoor air quality site.
Here are a few easy tips for keeping hazardous chemicals out of your home:
- Paint and caulk with low/no VOC products.
- Don't buy products made of particle board or other materials that outgas.
- Have your house tested for radon.
- have your home 'Green Clean'ed'!! :)