The Facts You Need to Know About Indoor Air Pollution
While we have seen several causes of indoor air pollution (carbon monoxide, smoke, mold, radon poisoning, improper ventilation, all to name a few), now you need to know the effects that indoor air pollution has. Unlike air pollution in general which can be seen in some places, or felt in others, indoor air pollution can go unnoticed for years. Air pollution outdoors can be seen in large cities where the sky might be brown instead of the blue color it should be. Outdoor play in these areas could lead to a shortness of breath, sickness and in some cases people passing out due to lack of oxygen. Indoor air pollution is seen the most in homes that are constantly closed, unventilated or closed off, or those that have sat for long periods of time unused. The air is stale and you can taste it almost, breathing it is not something you want to do as it won’t be much of a breath. Some of the areas of your home will be more susceptible to the indoor pollution and those are the ones that are going to need the most attention.
The Walls and Windows
This is the most visual affect that you will see of indoor pollution but it depends on how strong the pollution is. While it could take a few months, with odorless and colorless gas it could take years before you notice the affects in the walls. However, washing the windows frequently might show you just how much dirt is in the house and the dirt on the windows is caused by pollution. It will come off as a yellowish color, and will be darker if people smoke in the house. (Smoke magnifies the effects of indoor air pollution and can damage everything in the home. It’s one of the reasons that book buyers will always ask if the book comes from a smoke-free home.) If you find yourself cleaning the windows or walls more often, than it could be a bad sign of the pollution increasing. The bathroom walls should be wiped down often to prevent mold growth which will just make the problem worse. Wallpaper will turn colors as well as peel at the corners when there are problem. Mold can hide behind wallpaper since it blocks ventilation in the wood from naturally occurring. This is why it is rarely used anymore.
If you have pets in the home, they will know more about leaky gasses and be more prone to getting sick than you or your children. Since pets have shorter lives, indoor air pollution will have a greater impact on them than it would for you. You might find them sneezing often and / or getting sick for no reason. Airing out the house with fresh air and keeping the dander down will help to keep them safe. The smaller the animal is the stronger the affect could be, so keep them away from bathrooms unless they are ventilated well. Bathrooms are where radon gasses emanate from the most, so it’s best to keep them out of there. Watch your pets for signs of odd behavior, and be mindful that with their better senses that might be telling you something with that behavior.
As we grow up we become immune to certain things having spent years enduring it. Children however are still children and will not be immune to every sickness that is out there. They can build an immunity to certain things, but it should not be going to affect their overall health and wellbeing. Indoor air pollution can cause a shortness of breath, tiredness, as well as allergic reactions and further complications. Pets will complicate matters, especially if your child already has allergies. While it might be difficult currently, encourage your children to get out of the house and enjoy the fresh air. Sitting in a stuffy house does their lungs and bodies no good, and it gives them a chance to be out in the sun getting some vitamin d in the process. As parents, we want to protect our children, but often don’t see the dangers until it is too late. Indoor air pollution is one of those dangers and we need to understand what they are breathing to keep them safe.
Believe it or not but your plants might thrive in an environment that is filled with some of the gases and poisons that would hurt us. That is some of them only though as others can be just as harmful to the plants. If your air has too much oxygen in it your plants will die faster. Plants, like people need to have food and water, and they need to breathe. They put out oxygen, helping us to breath so it is a perfect solution to have live plants in the house which act as natural air cleaners. The top ten houseplants to have in your home include: English Ivy,Bamboo Palm, Rubber Tree, Peace Lily, Aloe, Philodendron,Snake Plant, Red-Edged Dracaena, Spider Plant, and Golden Pathos. These are all easy to take care of, and work well in the home. The Aloe plant has the best warning system because if the toxin levels get too high it will develop brown spots.
Taking care of yourself is important, because if you don’t do that you can’t take care of anyone else. If you happen to be a smoker than try smoking outside instead of in your home. Your best option of course is to quit, but that must be something you need to do. If you get sick with sinus or allergy symptoms be sure and do an inspection of your home when you are feeling better. This way it will prevent anything further from occurring. If you have allergies, know what the triggers are and keep them out of the house. The better you take care of you and your home, the longer both of you will last.