Indoor Air Quality a Threat for the Environment?
The U.S. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) recently listed poor indoor air quality as the fourth largest threat to the environment. An ample amount of factors, including building materials, cleaning products and mold from basements can cause headaches, dizziness and increase the aggravation of one’s allergies. Research indicates that indoor levels of pollutants may be two to five times higher than outdoor levels, and of course an estimate of 90 percent of our time is spent inside. So how do we improve our home air quality and what are some important steps to take? Angela Tin, Vice-President of Environmental Health at The American Lung Association (ALA) gives some cleaning tips to those who are looking to improve their quality of living.
- Thoroughly clean humidifiers daily to reduce micro-organism growth.
- Vent kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans as well as clothes dryers outside.
- Keep all pets with fur out of bed-rooms, and gives your pets showers weekly to control dander.
- Use an exhaust fan or open a window when showering.
- Replace disposable air filters regularly, more often if you have asthma, allergies or COPD
- Use household chemical products according to manufacturer’s instructions, avoid mixing products unless specified on labels and always use adequate ventilation.
- Wash your bedding and blankets at least once a week in hot water to control dust mites.