Things that pollute the air in your home

Maggie Winner By Maggie Winner, 31st Oct 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
Posted in Wikinut>Health>General Health>Allergies

Home should always be a place to make us feel relaxed and secured. But is it really 100% secure for your health? Do you think you are catching a cold? In fact, irritated eyes, nose and throat, in addition to fatigue and headache can actually be a sign of polluted indoor air.

Things that pollute the air in your home

Some people can be more sensitive to the pollutants than the others. They may have more severe symptoms, such as severe difficulty breathing, skin rashes, chest pain and inability to concentrate. In this article, we will tell you what are the possible pollutants existing at home and how to avoid them as to build an allergy-free living environment for you and your family.

Pollutant No.1 – Mold and dust mites

They can exist in homes where there is uncontrolled moisture due to leakage, condensation or poor ventilation. Children who grow up in damp homes have a similar risk of developing asthma and allergy as children whose parents smoke. When your living environment is clean and dry, these bacteria and allergens get less opportunity to grow or develop.

Therefore, you should often use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to effectively remove dust mites. Sometimes if some floor or water damage happens, you should try to fix it within 24 to 48 hours. For removing minor amounts of mold, you should use the soap and water, not the bleach, which may add another chemical allergen to your home environment.

During the summer, you can use a dehumidifier to remove excess moisture from damp rooms, especially basement. If possible, you should choose wood floor instead of carpet, which holds dust mites.

Pollutant No.2 – Carbon monoxide

This pollution may occur when burning anything from cigarettes to firewood to natural gas. This clear, odorless gas, if not properly contained or exhausted can cause flu-like symptoms or even death.

Therefore, if you are a smoker, please quite it for your loved one or make sure that you do it outside. If your kitchen is approach to your living room, please make sure that there is adequate kitchen ventilation. You are always recommended to install a stove-top exhaust fan that can vent outside.

Pollutant No.3 – Nitrogen dioxide

This pollutant can be produced by cars and fuel-burning appliances such as gas stove. It can irritate the lungs and trigger allergic reactions in people with asthma.

Therefore, never idle your car for any length of time inside an attached garage. When you need to use a gas stove inside home, remember to open the windows widely or run a fan to guarantee the adequate ventilation inside home.

Pollutant No.4 – Aerosols

They are microscopic particles in the air that can be inhaled. Frying foods at high heat is a common source. The people who often cook by frying with oil at high temperatures are more possible to be attacked by lung cancer than others.

If your smoke alarm is continually going off in your kitchen, you’re probably cooking at too high a temperature. If possible, eat more no-cooking salad and cook less fried food.


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