Indoor Air Pollution: Effects and Solutions


Indoor Air Pollution

Health effects from indoor air pollution can be immediate and short-lived. Or they may be severe and not show up until years after repeat exposure. Some of the most common symptoms are sore throat, headache and cough, as well as itchy, runny eyes and nose. More severe symptoms include chronic breathing problems, heart disease and cancer.

If you suspect your living space is polluted, don’t despair. You can easily implement several solutions, including AirRestore. If you’re unsure of whether your home has a problem, ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you suffer from any of the symptoms listed above, but feel better soon after leaving?
  • Are many of the potential sources of indoor air pollution found in your home?
  • Is the air in your house poorly ventilated, humid, or smelly and stuffy?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have indoor air pollution, but is a pretty good indication.

One of the cheapest and most effective ways to reduce indoor air pollution is to attack it at the source. If it’s something like asbestos, you can simply seal it off to prevent exposure. But if it’s something like a gas-cooking stove or your beloved family pet, that’s where it gets a little tricky. No one can expect you to seal off your stove and there is no way your fur-baby member of the family is going anywhere.

Ventilation is extremely helpful in decreasing indoor air pollutants. Since most heating and cooling systems simply recirculate the air rather than bringing in fresh air, you’ll want to open your windows and doors when the weather is nice. Running window or attic fans and bathroom and kitchen fans that exhaust outdoors can help as well. This is especially helpful when using items with potentially harmful chemicals like paint.

For those of you who live somewhere with high outdoor humidity or concentrations of outdoor pollutants, ventilation might not be the best option for you. It could actually worsen your indoor air pollution. Try to keep the humidity in your home low. A level of 30-50% is ideal, as higher levels encourage dust mites and mold growth.

If you’re concerned about using household cleaners and the potential harm they may cause, you have a couple of options. The first is to carefully follow the instructions on the label, use them in well ventilated areas, and be sure to store and dispose of them safely. The second is to pick out a product with non-harmful ingredients. If you’re not sure, the easiest way to tell is if the product doesn’t list its ingredients or has any “warnings” on it, you might want to keep looking. That probably isn’t the best option.

Ventilation, controlling your humidity levels and using safe products inside are great options. A solution to utilize both ventilation and controlling humidity levels is AirRestore. It virtually eliminates all odors and can even kill mold. It gives your indoor air the energy it needs to clean itself, much like the sun gives the air outside the energy to keep itself clean. The sources of indoor air pollution are many and varied, but so are the solutions. Choose what works best for you and keep your indoor air pollution under control or even eliminate it all together.