During the winter, most of us spend our time indoors, but what most of us don’t know is that indoor air quality is up to 10x worse than outdoor air quality.
There are several harmful pollutants lurking in most homes: Radon, Carbon Monoxide, Nitrogen Dioxide, Volatile Organic Compounds, Mold, Dust, and Pet Dander.
Radon is a radioactive gas formed in the soil. It enters your home through cracks and openings in floors and walls that are in contact with the ground. It tends to be an issue in basements and is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer overall. You should regularly test for Radon with a do-it-yourself kit found at hardware stores.
Carbon Monoxide and Nitrogen Dioxide are formed from the burning of materials. In homes, they are come from improperly installed or maintained space heaters, woodstoves, gas stoves, water heaters, dryers, and fireplaces. You can install a Carbon Monoxide detector to alarm you if levels become unsafe.
Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that interferes with the delivery of oxygen throughout the body. Carbon Monoxide poisoning can cause headaches, dizziness, weakness, nausea, and death.
Nitrogen Dioxide is a colorless, odorless gas that causes eye, nose, and throat irritation, shortness of breath, and an increased risk of respiratory infection.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are chemicals found in paints, paint supplies, cleaning supplies, building materials, furniture, air fresheners, and dry cleaned clothing. These fumes cause eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches, nausea, and damage the liver, kidneys, and central nervous system. To reduce the VOCs in your home you can use no VOC paints and cleaning supplies, keep your home well ventilated, reduce the use of air fresheners, and requests organic dry cleaning chemicals.
Asthma triggers and allergens include mold, dust, and pet dander and cause sneezing, coughing, and asthma attacks. Giving your home thorough cleanings, using high quality air filters, and keeping your home’s humidity between 30-50 percent can reduce these allergens.
At Bardi we have products that clean and filter your air. A Bardi Comfort Specialist will be glad to inspect your home’s HVAC system to check for efficiency and safety.