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Understanding Indoor Air Quality

How Is Your Indoor Air Quality?

How Is Your Indoor Air Quality?

Pro Energy Consultants is nationally embarking on a month-long "Breathe Green & Easy" campaign focused on increasing indoor air quality awareness to consumers and communities educating them on how it can help their home's efficiency as well as make their home a safer environment.

Too many of us spend most of our time indoors, and the air that we breathe in our homes, offices and in schools can put our health at risk. Some of the pollutants can be chemicals, gases, and living organisms like mold and pests.

These pollutants can cause sore eyes, burning in the nose and throat,headaches and fatigue. Other pollutants may worsen allergies, respiratory illnesses (asthma), cancer, and other serious long-term conditions. Sometimes, individual pollutants at high levels of concentration can even cause death, AKA Carbon Monoxide.

Here are some common pollutants and what they mean to you:
Radon Gas: We all have heard about it, but what is it? Radon Gas is a radioactive gas that is formed in the soil. It enters the indoors through cracks and openings in floors and walls that are in contact with the ground. It is the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer overall.

Secondhand smoke: Comes from burning tobacco products and it can cause cancer and serious respiratory illnesses. Children are especially vulnerable to secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke may worsen asthma symptoms and is linked to increased risks of ear infections and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Combustion Pollutants: These are gases or particles that come from burning materials. In a home,the major source of combustion pollutants are improperly vented and unvented fuel-burning appliances such as space heaters, woodstoves, gas stoves, water heaters, dryers, and fireplaces. These appliances should be well installed, maintained and vented. Common combustion Pollutants are:
•Carbon Monoxide
•Nitrogen Dioxide

Volatile Organic Compounds: These are chemicals that are found in paints, lacquers, paint strippers, cleaning supplies, varnishes, waxes, pesticides, building materials and furnishings, office equipment, moth repellents, air fresheners and dry cleaned clothing. VOC’s evaporate into the air when these products are used or stored. VOC’s can irritate the eyes, nose, throat, cause headaches, nausea, and damage to liver, kidneys and central nervous system. Some can cause cancer.

Asthma triggers are mold, dust mites, secondhand smoke and pet dander. Other common asthma triggers do include some foods and pollutants in the air. Asthma attacks can be life threatening, however, asthma is controllable with the right medicines and by reducing asthma triggers.

Molds: Are groups of organisms that belong to the fungi family. Inhaling or touching mold can cause hay fever type symptoms and skin rashes and it can trigger an asthma attack.

We all can improve our air quality by controlling sources of pollution, by ventilating, changing filters.

For more information on how to improve your indoor air quality, you may contact Jerry Needham 630-770-4994 or email jneedham@proenergyconsultants.com

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