How Clean Is The Air Your Home?

Did you know that the Environmental Protection Agency estimates indoor air quality in your home or workplace can be two to five times more polluted than the air outdoors?  Even more scary is that indoor air quality can be attributed to 50% of illness globally each year.  Indoor air pollution is in the top five environmental risks according to the EPA. Considering Americans spend 22 hours per day indoors this should be alarming to everyone. That being said, the most effective ways to increase indoor air quality are source control, ventilation improvements & air cleaners to pull out the pollutants.

Fascinating facts from the EPA regarding indoor air quality:

  • The average American breathes 3,400 gallons of air each day
  • 85% of Americans  are not aware the air inside them home maybe worse than outdoors
  • 10% of Americans have never changed their filter in their heating and cooling units
  • 1 out of 15 Americans homes are dangerously high in radon levels
  • Only 27% of Americans have carbon monoxide testers in their home
  • 25% of Americans  do not have concern about indoor air quality

 Some telltale signs that you indoor air quality is being jeopardized:

  • Unusual and noticeable odors
  • Dirty heating and cooling equipment
  • Presence of mold, mildew, and pollen
  • Stale & stuffy air
  • Excessive humidity
  • Feeling better when leaving  your home or workplace

Some of the common sources that put your indoor air quality at risk are:

Biological pollutants – mold, mildew, dust mites & animal dander

Combustion products – carbon monoxide, unvented space heaters, oven or stoves

Formaldehyde – draperies, particle board or adhesives

Radon – from radioactive soil around your home or workplace

Asbestos & Lead – from insulation or lead-based paint

Pesticides – fumes from spraying or product being store incorrectly

Fluorescent Lights – if broken, can emit small amounts of mercury

Health effects from indoor air pollution can be immediate or take years to surface.

Immediate effects:

  • Irritation of your eyes, throat & noses
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue

Long-term effects:

  • Respiratory disease
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer

By controlling the source of your indoor air quality issue, increasing the ventilation in your home and using air cleaners you will be increasing the health of your family, friends and employees.  Here are ways to control your indoor air quality:

  • Clean or change your air filters regularly
  • Adjust your humidity levels to be around 45%
  • Be sure your combustion appliances (stoves, fireplace, furnace & water heater) are venting properly out of your home
  • Have your appliances serviced regularly
  • Open your windows on a dry day
  • Use organic cleaners to avoid VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) being released
  • Have mold removed from your home by a professional 

    Lindus Construction / Midwest LeafGuard is a full service contractor specializing in LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Metal Roofing, Decking, New Construction & Home Remodeling. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at  Tune into WCCO 830 every Saturday at 9am for our Home Improvement Show with Denny Long & Andy Lindus.