3 of the Most Common Hazards To Indoor Air Quality
People often discuss the effects of pollution on the outdoor environment, but pollution is often much nearer than one would think. Pollutants are not only outside the homes and other places people stay, they are also inside. They can even be in a much higher and harmful concentration indoors as well. Homeowners need to be aware of the hazardous things that can lurk in the air of every home.
The Danger of High Humidity
Water is not typically considered a pollutant. In most cases, it is considered harmless and something ruined by pollution, but moist air can cause several health problems both for people and for homes.
- Mold and Mildew: Mold and mildew growth is promoted in moist spaces. This is harmful, particularly for people with respiratory issues but can be harmful to anyone’s health after prolonged exposure.
- Dust Mites: Dust mites thrive in high humidity. They are not only a significant allergen but have been linked to causing allergies.
- Structural Damage: Moisture can cause wood to warp, and the above-mentioned mold and mildew can attack and weaken the home’s structure.
The Nastiness of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
Short Terms Health Hazards from VOCs:
- Irritated nose, throat, and sinuses
- Irritated or burning eyes
Long Term Health Hazards from VOCs:
- Lung damage
- Liver problems
- Kidney problems
- Nerve damage
The Hazards of Carbon Monoxide
CO or carbon monoxide is not to be confused with carbon dioxide, the chemical that all animals exhale from their lungs. Carbon monoxide is a much more toxic substance. CO is produced by combustion or any sort of burning. Cars, gas stoves, and tobacco smoke can produce it (among many other things), and it can be deadly in high concentrations.
The most frightening thing about carbon monoxide is that human senses cannot detect it. It is colorless and odorless, so its presence is not immediately obvious.
Symptoms of CO Poisoning:
- Chest pain
- Flu-like symptoms
- Symptoms are eased when the person leaves the home
- Pets may appear lethargic and unwell
Other Warnings of a CO Issue:
- Flames on gas-powered appliances burning yellow or orange instead of blue.
- Soot or yellowish stains around gas appliances where leaks may be.
- Pilot lights that will not stay lit.
While this sounds scary and can be a hazard at any time of the year, ensuring a home has proper ventilation and installing carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors are both steps in the right direction to protect those in a home.
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