How Clean Is the Air in Your Home?

Did you know that the air inside your home is often up to 100 times more polluted than even the most contaminated outdoor air? This means, that every day, your family is breathing in numerous toxins that most of us are unaware even existed. I’m sure you are unaware that; mold, asbestos, ozone, VOCs, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, pet dander, radon and pesticides are just some of the particles found in your indoor air. This sounds scary doesn’t it? I didn’t even know what half of these things were, and to hear that they are found in the air in my home that I breathe as I sleep, eat and lounge around, I suddenly was dreading going home and I even thought about reporting my own home as a safety hazard. This indoor air quality problem is becoming very serious throughout America because most people are unaware of how this could be affecting your daily quality of life and even your quality of life in the long run. This is such a big deal that The U.S. Surgeon General issued a Call to Action in June of 2009 to generate healthy indoor air quality in the home. I wasn’t too surprised how serious the U.S. Surgeon General is handling this issue after finding out that these various indoor air contaminants are the cause and triggers of 50% of human illnesses and diseases; such as allergies, flu, colds, and asthma.

I don’t blame you if you are itching to stop reading to grab the nearest bleach bottle and fan, but there are way more effective solutions.

The surgeon general recommends four ways to improve the quality of air you breathe in your home;

First of all, your home should be a smoke-free environment. That’s an easy one, even cutting down on smoking inside your home, or even just stepping outside before you light-up will drastically increase the indoor air quality of your home. The second recommendation is to become aware and active in preventing carbon monoxide poisoning inside your home. Carbon monoxide can be avoided so easily, by just having any gas burning appliances in or around your home checked on yearly and repaired if they aren’t running properly. Also having carbon monoxide detectors in your home is important. These are two simple and more commonly known ways to improve your indoor air quality.