Could the Air Quality in your Home be Making you Sick?
It’s that Spring Cleaning time of year again! Organizing and cleaning out closets and junk drawers and the pile of stuff that got thrown in the garage over the winter!
After our homes have been closed up all winter, one area that most home-owners are not aware of is Indoor Air Pollution. The environmental Protection Agency states that indoor air pollution is one of the most serious environmental health issues of our time, falling only behind radon and pesticides.
Our Energy efficient homes have actually made the problem worse. Being air-tight, they conserve energy, but they also allow homes to build up levels of toxins that can make us ill. Cooking Sprays, Heating Fuels, Building Products, Air Fresheners, Cigarette Smoke, Carpet and Vinyl Flooring, Hair Spray and especially Cleaning Products are some of the culprits of these toxins we breathe. Air-tight homes also breed Mold, Bacteria, Viruses, Fungi and Mites.
Awareness of indoor air pollution is continuing to grow and is now becoming recognized as a major source of chronic illness, although exposure to in-home pollutants is still being misdiagnosed and mistreated.
The environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Research Council agree that people face a much greater exposure to toxic chemicals indoors than outdoors.
Some of the symptoms of bad air quality in your home could be headaches, dizziness, confusion, forgetfulness, allergy symptoms, irritation to the eyes, nose, throat and lungs, stuffy nose, achy all over, lethargic, chest pain, and depression.
Air Cleaners range from a $500 to $1000 for high quality portable systems that you can move around and place in different rooms in your home. There are also Whole House Air Cleaning Systems that run couple thousand dollars depending on the brand.
If you have known allergies or “just don’t feel right”, you’ll be amazed how much better you feel after running an Air Cleaning System in your home.
I am in no way wanting to cause paranoia about air quality…..just a healthy understanding so everyone can make an educated decision about the air quality in their homes.
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OUTSIDE YOUR HOME:
- When you water plants deeply you will need to water them less often. Most plants do best if the soil is allowed to dry out between waterings.
- Set your lawn mower blade one notch higher. Longer grass has less evaporation, therefore it will need to be water less frequently.
- Adjust your sprinkler heads so that you are watering just your lawn and not the driveway and sidewalks.
- Water early in the morning or late in the evening when it’s cool. This saves on evaporation, prevents fungus and prevents plant and grass sunburn.
- Layer mulch around plants to reduce evaporation.