Indoor air quality isn’t something you should take lightly. There are many toxins in the air that can damage your health, and many of them are in consumer products you buy and use every day. These toxins can disrupt your body’s endocrine system, cause both acute and long-term health problems, and some of them are known carcinogens (they cause cancer).
Some pollutants can even damage your home.
They Can Make You Sick
Pollutants like formaldehyde are released into the air because they become a gas at room temperature. This chemical is especially noxious, creating a strong pickle smell. It’s primarily found in adhesives or bonding agents used in the construction of many household items.
For example, it’s used in bonding agents for carpets, upholstery, particle board, and plywood paneling. But, it can also be found in cigarettes (once they are lit), pesticides, personal care products like shampoos, soaps, and makeup. Paints contain them, as do a variety of consumer products.
Reactions vary and can range from dizziness to respiratory tract irritation, nausea, and various allergic-type reactions. Long-term exposure may cause cancer.
They Can Cause Mold Problems
Some pollutants can help contribute to mold problems, especially when those pollutants increase or contribute to moisture buildup or humidity within wood or other mold-susceptible materials.
For example, a mold that takes hold in the walls of your home can spread if the humidity or moisture levels aren’t property dealt with. Bacteria, viruses, and animal dander can cause or contribute to illness, and dust mites and cockroaches can make life unpleasant.
These biological pollutants can cause missed days at work, make you more susceptible to infection, and cause or spread disease.
Pets pose a special problem because they are often susceptible to parasitical infections, which they bring into the home. Children and pet-loves in close contact with their furry friends then become exposed to those parasites and may become infected themselves.
Solutions to these types of problems usually mean cleaning and purifying the air, keeping known infected pets away from people and especially children, and being vigilant about maintaining a clean home.
This is where the services of a company, like Rockwall, can help. An air purification and circulation system can clean the air you breathe, reduce biologicals, and reduce your risk of infections.
They Can Affect Your Health
Secondhand smoke, biologicals, combustion pollutants, and radioactive gases like Radon are all serious health risks. Asbestos is a risk in older homes, but may be a risk in newer construction where it is still found in cement and some other building materials.
Asbestos removal is inherently expensive, so many companies choose to seal it in to the best of their ability.
Radon is a natural radioactive gas which is elevated in 1 in every 15 homes in the U.S. Long-term exposure can cause lung cancer. Mitigation systems are the only effective means of reducing the gas in the home.
Fortunately, pollutants, like secondhand smoke and CO and NO2 can all be mitigated by not smoking in the house, and having proper ventilation systems when working with dangerous chemicals or while burning firewood or other chemicals in the home.
Kimberly R. Mann works as a family health and relationship counselor. She loves writing about her experiences with families and finances. You can find her articles on many health and lifestyle websites.