Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air pollution is one of the top five environmental risks to public health. Here are some facts to keep you informed about the risk and to help combat indoor air pollution:
- Ignorance is the enemy. The majority of Americans don’t even know they are at risk. 87 percent of American homeowners are unaware that indoor air pollution is two to five times worse than air pollution outdoors.
- Your health is at risk. Most respiratory illnesses and conditions are impacted by air pollution. Nearly two million people die as a result of air pollution each year. With lung disease claiming close to 335,000 lives a year, it’s the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Those are pretty shocking numbers. Pollution has the potential to lead to respiratory tract infections, asthma, and even lung cancer. Low indoor air quality also triggers day-to-day health issues like headaches, dry eyes, nasal congestion, nausea, and fatigue.
- Poor indoor air quality has a lot of causes. Molds, bacteria, viruses, pollen, dust mites, and animal dander all impact the quality of air in your home.
- Humidity affects the quality of your home air. With high Dallas temperatures also comes high humidity. This increases the chance of mold and pollen not only outdoors, but also in your home.
- Carbon monoxide kills. This pollutant escapes from stoves, furnaces, fireplaces, heaters, water heaters and dryers and could become a silent killer in your home.
- You breathe a lot of air. As the average American breathes about 3,400 gallons of air each day, imagine the risk of inhaling pollutants regularly.
So, what can be done to combat indoor air pollution in your home? Here are the three most important methods of improving indoor air quality:
- Control the source of pollution. When you eliminate individual sources of pollution or reduce their emissions, you see results. Seal areas that contain asbestos. Vigilantly seek and remedy mold problems. Alter or replace a gas stove that has high emissions. Not only does doing so increase safety, but it’s also cost efficient.
- Improve ventilation. You breathe a lot easier when clean air is flowing. Increase the amount of outdoor air entering your home. Frequently clean and replace ducts, air vents and return vents. By unblocking vents, you circulate cleaner air throughout your home. Scheduling an air duct restoration could be just what you need to keep the airways open.
- Clean the air. You’re able to pull some pollutants from the air you breathe by purchasing an air purifier for around $100.
In Dallas, Texas, one of the most populous areas in the state, you are sure to be exposed to pollution. But, it doesn’t have to be in your home. If you’re staying indoors to avoid the Dallas temperatures, make sure you’re breathing the highest quality of air possible. Follow these tips to improve not only your indoor air quality, but also your quality of life.
Let us make your fight against air pollution a little easier. Contact the On Time Experts online or call one of our locations: 469-336-3435.