Clean Air in House
You may be having a bad air day every day - and we are not talking about outdoor air. The indoor air quality in your home may be affecting your health and the health of your family members.
"Indoor air quality can be worse than outdoor air quality in almost every case, ” says William J. Calhoun, MD, professor of medicine and vice chair of the department of medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.
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Every night the same ritual plays out in Nancy Rothstein’s bedroom. She goes to sleep before her husband does, and then, a few hours later, she’s awakened by the grating sound of his snoring. “I usually lie there for a while and try to decide whether I have the energy to move to another room, ” she says. “I’ve tried earplugs, which are uncomfortable, so most nights I end up playing musical beds. Some nights it’s just simpler to start out in a different room, so I can get a good night’s sleep.” Multiply...
There are potential sources of air pollution in just about every room of your house, but don’t despair. The good news is that there are easy, and affordable, solutions for most of them.
What could be polluting the air in your home? The pollutants that lurk outdoors can be found indoors as well, where they can and do join forces with other irritants. Those can include fumes from combustion devices and gas-fired appliances, not to mention allergens such as pet dander, house, and mold, Calhoun says.
Space heaters, ranges, ovens, stoves, furnaces, fireplaces, and water heaters "release gases and particulates into the air, ” Calhoun adds. “There is also the fairly intense burden of allergens with indoor air quality such as pets, house . And perennial (year-long) allergens are 10- to 100-fold higher indoors than out.”
Bad air can trigger, chest tightness, , watery or itchy, shortness of breath, and even a full-blown . “If you live in a home with chronically poor air quality, you can experience frequent, long lasting, and as well as chronic, ” says E. Neil Schachter, MD, the medical director of respiratory care at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.
3 Steps to Better Indoor Air Quality
Step 1: Increase ventilation in your house. “We tend to keep our windows tightly shut in the winter, but flinging open a window is not the answer, ” says Schachter. “Outdoor air contains by-products of gas emissions from cars and trucks, industrial pollution, as well as dirt and mold.”