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Is the air in your home polluted?

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Home is the place where we unwind and relax. It is the place where we can feel comfortable and feel better.

However, there is one component of your home that can make the total experience good or bad for you. This component is indoor air.

Indoor air means the in your homes and offices and this a can be more polluted than outdoor air. The average home may contain hundreds of different sources of pollutants and these pollutants may make your indoor air quality bad.

Should you be concerned?

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Definitely. You should be very concerned about the quality of air in your house and office. If the quality of indoor air is bad and if you breathe in unusually high levels of household pollutants for a long time, it will seriously and negatively affect your health. It can become more difficult for you if you are sensitive to chemicals and allergens because even low levels of such pollutants can trigger irritating reactions in your body.

However, if you know more about these household pollutants and how they affect the quality of indoor air, you'll be able to do some things which will help you improve the quality of indoor air in your home and office.

Pungent formaldehyde

You can find pungent formaldehyde in products like cosmetics and nail polish; blues and adhesives; pressed wood products like plywood, particleboard, and medium-density fibreboard; foam insulation materials; mouthwash; wallpaper; wrinkle-resistant drapes, linens, and other fabrics

Formaldehyde is a probable carcinogen. If you can remove it from your home, it will be better for you.

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)

There are many household products that contain other volatile organic compounds or chemicals that become a gas at room temperature. Such products include air fresheners, tap water, freshly dry clean looking, and other items.

The amount of VOC may be 2 to 5 times higher in those than outside. It may make you feel dizzy, nauseated, tired, and uncoordinated. It may irritate your ears, nose, and throat and can also result in skin reactions.

Radon

Radon is known as the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer in many countries. It is present in radiators, fluorosis lighting, soil and groundwater, wood-burning stoves, or fireplaces. It is a radioactive gas that is naturally released by minerals like uranium and radium in water, soil, and rock.

Irritants

Dust mites, pollen, dust, mold, bacteria, insects, and animal dander can trigger allergic reactions and hay fever-like symptoms. It is more dangerous for people who are sensitive to such irritants. These are often present in carpets and rugs, fluffy toys, pets and bedding, and air conditioning systems.

It may cause different respiratory complaints including eye, nose, and throat irritation, frequent headaches, tiredness, and dizziness.

What can you do?

You should be very careful about the things that you use in your home. Starting from the furniture, the building material, the water to foods you consume, household items that you use for cleaning, – you should be careful about everything. Try to get more natural air in the house by opening windows. Try to keep humidity levels as low as possible. Look at the ingredients of the chemicals that you use in your house and avoid those products that contain harmful ingredients like formaldehyde, VOC, and others.