You may think that you’re safe from air pollution indoors, but problems like discomfort and respiratory diseases may come from the inside air you breathe, too. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 4 million people die annually from household air pollution. And while air pollution during the summer has decreased significantly throughout the years, we still have to worry about the pollutant-filled haze that fills the streets when the weather gets warm.
While it may be impossible to evade air pollution during the summer, you can still minimize it while you’re at home or at work. Look out for the following factors and know how to deal with them.
Your Household Products
According to MedlinePlus, the household products you use — from cleaning to simple repairs — may harm you if you take in too much of their fumes. They cited oven and drain cleaners, paint thinners, pesticides, and even arts and craft supplies as possible toxic substances if absorbed through the skin, swallowed, or inhaled.
While you may be tempted to use twice the amount of oven cleaner to get stains off quicker, it’s best to stick to the amount the label prescribes. Just put a bit more elbow grease in.
Don’t leave them uncapped, even if you plan on using them later. It also helps to let the fumes out by keeping the windows open while you clean. And if you feel lightheaded after inhaling fumes, see a doctor immediately, as the respiratory diseases like bronchitis and emphysema may develop slowly and show symptoms at a later time.
While it does get dry during summer, humid areas and states that experience summer rain may be at risk of getting mold outbreaks.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that indoor molds like Penicillium and Aspergillus may lead to anything from a stuffy nose to severe allergic reactions. The agency even says that prolonged exposure to mold may cause some people to develop asthma.
Prevent mold from growing by checking your kitchen, shower, and main water line for leaks. Damp areas are a hotbed for fungus growth. Seal the leaks or have them repaired immediately. Keeping humidity levels low may also discourage the spread of mold, so you should always keep your air conditioner maintained.
If you do catch mold growing inside your house, scrub it off with bleach or soapy water.
Radiation in the Air
Radon gas is a byproduct of Uranium (a radioactive element) breaking down in the soil. Over time, the odorless and tasteless gas makes its way to the surface and then into homes and buildings through cracks in their foundation. This gas is one of the leading causes of lung cancer in the U.S.
If you’re not sure about your structure’s radon levels, get an inspector to run tests. And if you see results above 2 pCi/L, call an EPA-certified radon reduction contractor to bring them down to acceptable levels.
Your home or workplace should be a shield that protects you from the pollution outside, especially now that summer hazes are starting to develop.
Make sure that the indoor air isn’t toxic by properly using your cleaning products and having your house inspected regularly. You’ll work and sleep better when you can breathe easier.
Get Professional Air Conditioner Maintenance
If you want your air conditioner to have consistent cooling, you need to hire experts to maintain it properly.
Here at Cowboy Services AC & Heating, we provide a maintenance program for every unit we install. With us, you’ll have regularly scheduled maintenance visits all year round, equipment discounts, and lower energy bills because your AC will stay efficient.
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