What you don’t know can’t hurt you. Or so they say, but the unknown dangers lurking around your home could actually be having some serious side effects on your family’s health. Take for instance indoor air pollution; it’s a thing, and it’s a very real danger. In fact, the EPA listed indoor air pollution as one of their top five risks to public health.
When it comes to the quality of your home’s air, there are probably a lot of things you don’t know. Here are some of them:
The air in most homes is dirtier than even the most polluted cities.
That’s right, even if you live in a rural area there is a chance that your home’s air is more polluted than huge cities like New York and Los Angeles — like up to ten times more polluted.
Your home probably has an air quality problem.
The EPA tested the indoor air quality of homes across North America, and the results were shocking. A staggering 90% of homes tested positive for at least one indoor air quality problem. With odds like these, there is a slim chance that your home doesn’t have a problem.
Air fresheners don’t “freshen” your air.
Most of us use air fresheners in our homes thinking that they help clean the air, when in fact they do the opposite. Chemicals released by these sprays have been proven to interfere with hormone function, reproductive development, and our respiratory systems.
You aren’t safe at work.
Most Americans spent 90% of their day or more inside. Between home and work (or school), you are almost always confined to the not-so-great indoors. Many office buildings, and schools especially, suffer from the same air quality problems that our homes do.
The effects can be short- or long-term.
Side effects of indoor air pollution could be short-term, allergic-like reactions such as coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes, headache, nausea, fever and fatigue. They can also be much worse, leading to long-term complications such as pneumonia, COPD, and lung cancer.
If you are worried that your home’s air may be polluted, take action! Click here to learn what you can do to improve your home’s air quality, and contact Devine Bros. for a free air quality assessment. Our experts will come into your home and use professional testing devices to determine the quality of your home’s air. If you live in Norwalk, CT or the surrounding area, give us a call at (203) 866-4421.