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Is your home or office hazardous to your health?
The answer might surprise you.
You might sniffle or have a scratchy throat or watery eyes. You might even think it’s a cold, hay fever, flu or a bad case of bronchitis. Then again, if you’re not feeling well, it could be simply that your home or workplace is sick and it’s making you sick.
After all, most of us spend up to 90 percent of our time indoors. And experts are voicing new concerns that indoor pollution in homes and workplaces might be more dangerous to our health than even outdoor air pollution. While pollutant levels from individual sources may not pose a significant health risk by themselves, most homes harbour more than one source. There can be serious risks from the cumulative effects of these contaminants.
Your home may be teeming with allergens such as dust, dander and pollens; carbon monoxide can escape from fireplaces and gas stoves; upholstered furniture houses live dust mites; and pesticides emit noxious gases into the air. Mould and bacteria often funnel through heating, ventilation and cooling systems, and volatile organic chemicals seep out of paint and carpets. Even common household products like air fresheners and cleaning agents can release pollutants continuously.
Good housekeeping alone doesn’t solve the problem either, because contaminants are constantly being reintroduced. To be effective, you must deal with this around the clock. Cleaning up your indoor environment isn’t just for the chemically sensitive. It is for everyone who is healthy and wants to stay that way.
You can help reduce exposure to air pollution in your home by buying an air ioniser or a purifier with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter, by adding living plants to your home and getting rid of contributors to indoor pollution such as aerosol sprays, paints, candles, incense and chemical products, which include air 'fresheners'. In addition you can help neutralise the effects of inhaling pollutants by eating lots of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables for their antioxidant properties.
The bottom line is this:
If the air in your home or workplace isn’t safe, you won’t be as healthy as you want to be. That’s why it isn’t a matter of whether you need an air treatment system, but which one you should choose.