Eight sources that pollute the air in your home
We tend to think that air pollution only occurs outdoors, but the air inside our home or office can also be contaminated.
Do not forget that air pollution can trigger a series of respiratory problems, especially for people with asthma or other conditions of this type.
In response, the American Lung Association notes that the common sources of indoor air pollution include:
- Cigarette smoke.
- The appearance of mold.
- Inadequate ventilation appliances such as stoves or furnaces.
- The exhaust of automobiles, motorcycles and lawnmowers.
- The chemicals household.
- A work of recent painting.
- The current use of pesticides.
- Garbage that was left inside the house or in the attached garage.
Sometimes there are people who show the same symptoms manifested by having spent time in the same interior space, say a building. There may be a particular source, such as Legionnaire's disease (a type of pneumonia caused by bacteria). However, sometimes it is not possible to find the cause. This is known as "sick building syndrome."
In general, problems with indoor air quality are lower, because usually only cause discomfort and most people feel better by eliminating the source of contamination. However, there are pollutants that can cause long tables presented later, like respiratory disease or cancer.
Therefore, make sure your home, office or building are well ventilated and removes contaminants, as this can improve air quality within these spaces.
Therefore, the American Lung Association leaves you the following recommendations:
- Do not let anyone smoke in your home.
- Performs a radon test for the presence of this invisible gas, which has been linked to lung cancer.
- Put up a dehumidifier or air conditioner to maintain humidity levels below 50 percent. Also, keep cleaning the filters that have such devices.
- Immediately repair any leaks you find in the water pipes.
- Keep pests under control always cleaning up spills and food, and properly store them.
- Never use a stove wood base (which should only be used outdoors) inside your house.
- Find the source of any unpleasant smell and clean it, instead of masking the odor with candles and sprays indoors.
- Opt for household cleaning products that are less toxic.
It is important to emphasize recommendation number 2 because maybe you had not heard of radon. In the United States, there are several simple to measure the concentration of this gas in a home test, same that can be purchased both a hardware store and shop finishes for the home, as in many state and local offices, for example, or in some academic centers. There is evidence in the short and long term: the first measure the level of radon between 2 and 90 days depending on the type of test. The general recommendation is to start with a short-term test and if the result is high, confirmed with a second test.
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The average for indoor radon level, measured in units called picocuries, is about 1.3 picocuries per liter of air (pCi / L). When the results are four pCi / L or more, you need to make modifications to housing to reduce the radon level.
In Mexico it is very rare that perform this type of analysis in homes, but it is important to know that is done (and should be conducted more often in our country), because Radon is an invisible gas odorless and tasteless found in any soil, which is produced by the natural decay of uranium (radioactive mineral) on earth and therefore emerges into the air to enter homes and buildings through cracks in foundations or unions and spaces around pipes.
This gas lung cells exposed to small radioactive explosions, which damage the DNA of sensitive cells lining the airways and create the enabling environment for the development of lung cancer environment. Therefore it is important to consider this information and take precautions about radon because in Mexico there are uranium deposits in varied geological settings. Hope you find this article useful. Good luck!