Air pollution is usually considered on an atmospheric level rather than in the home. Despite that, we must all become aware of the pollutants that are taking refuge in our homes and weakening our health.
The first means of protecting ourselves from indoor air pollution is to be aware of what pollutants are hiding in our homes. I’ll give you an idea of what the most common household pollutants are and what they can do to your health.
Asbestos is a type of rock formation that is totally harmless while intact. When this rock is broken, asbestos particles become airborne and can be ingested by anyone who walks through them. If ingested, asbestos particles can cause asthma or in worse cases, lung cancer.
Fortunately, the dangers of asbestos have been known for almost half a century. Measures have been taken to avoid houses being built anywhere near this potentially harmful mineral. If you live in an older house, you should check whether there is any asbestos in the area just to be safe.
Certain microorganisms thrive in humid houses. One of these organisms is known as the dust mite. These nasty microorganisms live among dust particles and can cause many allergic reactions including sneezing, coughing, sore eyes, blocked nose, headache, and so on.
Dust mites thrive best in carpeted houses so be sure to vacuum your carpets often and keep these pests at bay.
If anyone smokes tobacco in your house, you better know that’s not coming out anytime soon. Smoking at all is already incredibly harmful to your body, causing shortness of breath, coughing, and even lung cancer.
Secondhand smoke is even worse! If you smoke in your house and anyone lives there with you, you should know that you are hurting them to the point that they may live a shorter life because of your carelessness.
I would advise you to chuck the smokes in a recycling bin and never touch them again. If you can’t bring yourself to give them up, at least take the initiative to smoke far from anyone else, no matter who they are.
The smoke particles that are left over after someone smokes can remain in a house for months, even years. Clean your house thoroughly to remove these particles for the sake of your own health.
The topic of indoor air pollution is a serious matter. Spread the word and save lives. Share this with anyone you care about and everyone else too!