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5 Ways Poor Indoor Air Quality Is Affecting Your Children's Health

7:19 AM

Seeing your children becoming ill or hurting themselves can be heartbreaking. Most of the time, these problems are out of your control, and you can’t always prevent accidents such as falls from bikes or illnesses such as colds. However, poor indoor air quality is equally harmful, something you need to address to keep your children safe. 
Sometimes, the effects of a recent house renovation that fills the air with chemicals, a poor ventilation system, or dust and debris from outside the home can be to blame. Learn about the following five ways poor indoor air quality could be affecting your children's health.

Environmental Pollutants Contaminate Indoor Air

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If your kids are constantly having allergic reactions with symptoms such as watery eyes, coughing, or sneezing, you should pay attention. Check whether the symptoms appear when they get home from school or when they enter a specific room. If either one is the case, they could be having an allergic reaction to contaminants in the indoor air such as pollen, dust, or other hazardous chemicals.

Outdoor Chemicals Get Inside Your Home

Even when you make sure your house has an acceptable indoor air quality level, sometimes the problems may be coming from outside your home. A nearby construction site could be filling the surrounding air with particles and chemicals. Perhaps your neighbors spray insecticides to treat the weeds in their lawns. Once you identify the outdoor culprits, you can take steps to protect your children from exposure to these elements that could enter your home.

Home Renovations Can Be Harmful

Any renovations taking place inside your home are likely to affect your home's indoor air quality. If you’re painting the walls or replacing the floor, for example, your house may be filled with dust and harmful VOCs (volatile organic compounds) from the fresh paint. You may need to buy an air purifier and change the air filters upon your renovation project's completion.

Your House Has Poor Ventilation

If your home seems to be colder in certain areas and warmer in others, your home may have ventilation problems. Not only do these problems affect the temperature of the house, but they also impact the humidity levels. You should improve the indoor air quality in your home by ensuring that your kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans remove excess moisture and that your HVAC system is performing efficiently.

Secondhand Smoke Lingers in the Air

Did you know that secondhand cigarette smoke is a major culprit when it comes to poor indoor air quality? Secondhand smoke has more than 4,000 chemicals and can cause problems such as asthma, cancer, and SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). If you or someone in your home smokes, consider getting help to quit.

All in all, if you’d like to make sure your children stay healthy in your home, you’ll need to pay attention to all unusual signs. Poor indoor air quality is an invisible threat, so instead of waiting until it’s too late, act now.


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