As we spent more time indoor today, we need to be especially careful about the quality of our indoor air. You may be shocked to learn that studies have shown that our indoor air is 2-5 times more polluted than the air outside. It is therefore extremely important that we take steps to improve our indoor quality so that we remain safe and healthy indoors.
The Airborne Threat to your Washington DC Home or Office
The variety of pollutants that are present indoors can have a damaging impact on our health. Children, elderly and those with weak immune system are particularly vulnerable to indoor pollutants.
Health issues caused due to pollutants in the indoor air include sore eyes, headaches, fatigues and burning sensation in nose and throat. Some pollutants can trigger or worsen allergies, respiratory diseases or may cause heart illnesses, cancers of various types and other life threatening conditions. High concentration of carbon monoxide is particularly dangerous as it can even cause death.
Pollutants in Our Indoor Air
Pollutants that we need to shield ourselves from include molds, pet dander and hair, dust mites, smoke, bacteria and viruses. The other very dangerous pollutant present in our household is Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). These are present in household chemicals, paints and lacquers, pesticides, furnishings and various types of building materials. Office equipments like printers, copiers besides, glues, markers and photographic solutions also have VOCs.
How to Combat Indoor Air Pollutants
Research has shown that the indoor air quality in most cases involve the Heating, Venting, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system. Hence to improve the quality of indoor air specialists stress on the importance of air duct cleaning. Regular air duct cleaning at least once in five years can help eliminate airborne pollutants, thus providing relief against allergies, odors and reduce dust indoors. However, more frequent cleaning is suggested for those suffering from asthma and allergies or depending on the outdoor air quality and weather conditions prevailing in your area.
The other important ways to combat indoor air pollutants
- You must regularly vacuum carpets and upholstered furniture. You must also get your carpets and upholstery cleaned once a year and twice a year if you have pets and kids and if you suffer from allergy. Carpets trap dust and debris and if they are subjected to pet damages they may also get infested with molds and mildews. Getting a professional carpet cleaning done can greatly help reduce indoor pollutants.
You should make efforts to control the growth of mold. Fix water problems immediately and dry water-damaged areas/furniture as soon as possible.
To reduce the presence of carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide, ensure proper ventilation for gas stoves, heaters, fireplaces.
To reduce VOCs, use eco-friendly paints and cleaning agents. Have plants that help clean indoor air and clean your house regularly.