Air pollution can be just as common inside your home, as outside, and potentially worse for your health. While smog, ozone, and haze are most commonly discussed, poor indoor air quality can attribute to a multitude of problems. Illnesses such as allergies, asthma, and respiratory issues, such as lung cancer, have been linked to indoor air pollution.
Today, most homes are built with limited air exchanges, resulting in a more energy efficient environment. However, poor air quality is also a common factor with modern homes and should be addressed quickly. If you consistently notice any of these issues in your home, you may be facing indoor air pollution:
- Stale Air
- Excessive or Limited Humidity
- Minimal Air Movement
- Mold or Mildew
- Damaged Chimneys
- Dirty Heating Systems/Air Conditioning Systems
- Ventilation Issues
From Bad Air Quality To More Health Issues
Additionally, there are a multitude of health issues that go along with indoor air pollution. The increased exposure to this problem can lead to a condition known as sick building syndrome. This occurs when a home or building’s atmosphere is causing you to feel sick. The follow are the most common consistent occurrences of developing sick building syndrome:
- Sinus Problems
The good news that there are many ways you can alleviate poor indoor air quality. Basement waterproofing and other home improvement fixes can also improve your air quality. Here are a few steps that you can start implementing today!
- Eliminate Toxins: Household cleaning supplies, cigarette smoke, and wood burning, all produce harmful chemicals that are released into the air. Avoid adding to the problem by minimizing your use with all of these areas. Clean and dust your home often, and open your windows to release particles that are trapped.
- Maintain Good Humidity: Indoor air should have a consistency of 50% humidity. Higher levels of humidity can create mold and attract more pests. You can easily maintain humidity levels by purchasing a dehumidifier and checking your basement for any water leaks or cracks.
- Basement Waterproofing: It goes without saying, but water in your basement will increase unhealthy amount of moisture in your home. Never leave standing water or puddles in your basement, to avoid this moisture from creeping upstairs into your living space. Call Tom’s Basement Waterproofing immediately, if you notice any water issues. Your health and safety is our priority, and we’ll make sure it will never happen again!