May is Clean Air Month, meant to get people thinking about the environment and how it affects people. Taking steps to improve air quality is not only vital for the environment, but for the health and wellness of those living in your home.
The effects of the pollutants in the air inside your home range from minor and short term, such as eye or throat irritation, to long-term and severe effects, such as respiratory disease, cancer or even death.
A number of objects found around your home may contribute to indoor air contamination, such as:
- VOCs: Perfumes, hairsprays, cleaning solutions, glues, sealants, pesticides
- Formaldehyde: Cabinetry, furniture
- Pesticides: Insecticides, rodenticides
- Lead: Paint
- Carbon Monoxide: Malfunctioning furnace/water heater, fireplace
- ETS: Tobacco products
- Biological contaminants: Plants, animals, bedding, dust
The following are the most common symptoms of indoor air pollution:
- Watery Eyes
If you notice any of the listed symptoms that won’t go away, see a doctor immediately. To ensure your heating and cooling equipment is working properly and isn’t contributing to contaminated air, contact Heatmasters!
Courtesy of Blue Point Environmental