In the last few years, there has been more and more scientific evidence that indicates the air inside your home can be more polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest cities. Other research shows that people spend approximately 90% of their time indoors. So for many people, they may be at a higher health risk to indoor air exposure than outdoors. In addition, people who are exposed to indoor air pollutants for the longest periods of time are most often the ones most susceptible to indoor air pollution. These groups include the young, the elderly, and the chronically ill. It’s especially dangerous for people who suffer from respiratory or cardiovascular disease.
Some health effects that show up immediately include irritated eyes, nose, and throat, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. These are usually short-term and treatable. Some health effects may not show up until years after exposure has occurred or after long or repeated periods of exposure. These effects can include respiratory disease, heart disease, and cancer. It’s important to try and improve the indoor air quality of your home even if symptoms are not noticeable.
Items that can cause indoor air quality issues:
- Tobacco smoke
- Household cleaners
- Gases such as radon and carbon monoxide
Make sure that your home is well-ventilated and air filters are regularly changed.