Your indoor air quality is important for your health and comfort. Most people are aware of the fact that indoor air is more polluted than what you’re breathing outside, but there are some shocking facts about the pollutants in your air that you might not know about. With the heat of the Henderson, Nevada, summer approaching, you may spend more time in your air conditioning. It’s important to understand what you’re locking yourself in with and how you can keep the air clean.
Traditional Air Fresheners Are Poisonous
The very products that you’re using to give your air a fresh, clean scent could be making you sick. Most air fresheners contain toxic ingredients including dichlorobenzene, a known carcinogen and primary ingredient in DDT pesticide. Air fresheners can cause throat irritation, headaches, and trouble breathing. If you suffer from allergies or asthma, they may aggravate symptoms of these. Before you turn to a commercial product to freshen your air, look closely at the ingredients to be sure you’re not accidentally making things worse.
Your Air May Increase Your Risk of Asthma
Indoor air pollutants have been linked to an increased risk of developing asthma. Asthma is indeed becoming more prevalent, with 7.1 million children being affected. Neglecting your indoor air quality now could lead to serious health problems later. Install an indoor air purifier to reduce your family’s risk factors for developing asthma.
Your Home is Weighed Down by Dust
Every day you shed about 1.5 grams of skin particles. This serves as a great food source for dust mites, which in turn produce 20 particles of waste matter daily. This combined with mold, pollen, and pet dander creates the fine dust that can so easily settle on surfaces in your home. The average US home collects 40 pounds of dust every year. Help filter out some of this dust by keeping a clean filter in your HVAC system.
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