Managing Indoor Air Pollution
March 10, 2014
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Houston is one of the most polluted cities in the United States, right up there with Los Angeles. Dark clouds of smog can be seen hanging over the city at different times. Particles or aerosols, composed of carbon or sulfate compounds that come from autos and chemical plants and many other sources, are a big part of pollution problem.
You may think that you are safe in your home, but these pollutants are also entering your home. If you have a good air conditioning system, some of these particles may be filtered out. One way to improve your air quality is to call an air conditioning repair shop and have them install a high-efficiency particulate air filter (HEPA) to help keep pollutants out the home.
However, there are also many sources of indoor air pollution. These pollutants will adversely affect the respiratory health of the homes occupants, and may even contribute to the development of lung diseases.
One of the major pollutants found in homes is mold and pollen. A home that is improperly air-conditioned and has a high humidity, can contribute to the formation of molds, which can cause asthma, especially in young children. An AC that is functioning properly will remove moisture from the air.
Other pollutants can come from the materials in the home such as lead and asbestos, which is often found in older homes. There are also many household products such as cleaners and pesticides that provide their share in indoor air pollution.
Sometimes indoor air quality can be worse than outdoor air quality. Try to look carefully at what you have in your home and remove them if they can possibly be a source of pollution.