Indoor Air Quality

How many of you take in consideration the air you breathe in your home?  The average person spends about 90% of there time indoors; in our homes, at work or at school.  Most people are unaware that poor indoor air quality can effect their health.  It can cause headaches, dry eyes, nasal mucus, nausea and tiredness.  Indoor air quality is ranked in the top five of environmental risk to your health.  There has been studies that have found that indoor air pollution can be 2 to 5 times greater then outdoor pollution.

There are many things we use in our home that lead to poor indoor air quality things you might not even consider.  Candles and air fresheners are a major one.  Candles are beautiful but you need to pay attention to what kind you are buying.  The scented candles made with paraffin wax are the worse they are known to carry the same chemicals that you find in car exhaust.   Air fresheners contain chemicals that are known to interfere with babies and children’s hormones,  interfere with reproductive development and irritate lung issues such as asthma.  Always consider the products you bring into your home or business that may contribute to indoor air pollution.

Another factor in indoor air pollution could be things we use in our home on a daily bases.  Did you that furniture purchased before 2006 contains toxic chemicals used in flame retardants.  Inkjet printers could also be a cause for air pollution.  Everyone love a good campfire but it may be better to make it a once in a while treat.  Research has shown that regular wood smoke inhalation can limit immune activity and function.  This is a much greater risk for people who use wood burn stove for cooking or heating there home.

When you send your children to school how may of us consider the air they are breathing while they are learning?  Schools are actually one of the worst places for indoor air pollution.  They contain 4x more people than a standard office that has the same floor space.  What makes this so concerning is that children actually breathe more air than adults.  When you think about how often your child comes home from school with a cold or flu consider the fact that  in closed space with a lot of huffing and puffing germs, allergens and other gross thing quickly spread through the whole school.  Health Canada has many concerns about the poor air quality in schools.

I know some of what I have written today is quiet scary and I don’t mean to scare you.  There are many things you can do to help improve your indoor air quality.  Make a plan to improve the ventilation,  try using better air filters,  dust with a damp cloth instead of a dust so that you are not moving the dust all around and last but not least be aware for what you bring into your home.  Check labels and educate your self on the benefits of organic materials.

 

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