Did you know that the air we breathe inside our homes can be up to five times more polluted than the air outdoors? Studies from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) show that most air quality problems are indoor air problems.
Indoor air pollution can endanger you and your family’s health, especially children and anyone in the household with asthma, COPD and other lung diseases. Thus, it’s critical that homeowners understand them and take the necessary measures to avoid them.
- Radon from Basements
The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) conducted a nationwide survey and found out that there is an extensive range of radon levels among Australian homes. Enough exposure to radon increases the chances of getting lung cancer.
Radon is a radioactive element that comes from the ground, usually from basements, as an odorless, colorless invisible gas. It gets into your home through dirty floors, cracks in concrete walls and floors, slumps, furnaces, exterior ventilation, and concrete joints.
- Combustion Gases from Your Appliance
Gas-fired appliances, including furnaces, water heaters, and some dryers, can produce carbon monoxide (CO), a harmful gaseous compound. It happens when the appliance is not vented out properly. CO is an odorless heavy gas that can be fatal once inhaled. So, it’s crucial that you check your gas appliances at home regularly to prevent any chances of CO exposure.
Combustion gases and particulates may also come from improperly installed chimneys and flues or damaged furnace heat exchangers and vents.
- Dangers of Tobacco Smoke
If someone from your household is a smoker, chances are your home is heavily polluted with compounds and chemicals from tobacco. We all know that smoking and secondhand smoke have serious health implications, so it’s wise to keep your home a no-smoking zone. Remind everyone in the household to find a place outside the house whenever they feel the need to smoke.
To ensure that your home is free from this type of indoor air pollutants, you would need to install a high-quality air filtration, such as HEPA or deep-media filters, manufactured by Freudenberg Filtration Technologies Australia.
- VOCs from Your Air Fresheners
Some products at home emit gases into the air called volatile organic compounds (VOCS). These are evaporated substances that can be found in paints, varnishes, cleaning products, and air fresheners that contribute to indoor air pollution. The World Health Organization classifies propane, the chemical found in some aerosols and hair sprays, as a very volatile VOC that may harm your health.
- Asbestos in Your Home
Although generally found among houses built in the 1990s, asbestos is one chemical that every household owner should be aware. It’s a carcinogen that is known to cause mesothelioma, a deadly cancer of the respiratory tract. Asbestos is usually found in floor tiles, insulation materials, roof shingles, paint, and pipe cement. If you suspect asbestos in your home, it’s recommended to call a professional to do it for you.
Home is where you should feel the safest, so make sure your house is free from any of the abovementioned indoor air pollutants. One of the best ways to maintain high-quality air in your home is to ensure that you use the best air filters on your HVAC, such as those manufactured by Freudenberg Filtration Technologies Australia.