Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Indoor Air Quality In Your Home

While many of us would like to think of our homes as safe and healthy sanctuaries from the outside world, the truth is they can be full of indoor air pollutants. These pollutants can be from a single source (pets, carpets, moisture) or accumulate from several different sources to create an unhealthy mix of pollutants. The most common symptoms include allergies and asthma. Be sure to avoid the accumulation of indoor air pollutants in your home.

With the increased focus on energy efficiency many of today's homes have been constructed to be airtight boxes. One drawback of such design is a lack of outside ventilation, causing homes to become stuffy and indoor air pollutants to accumulate inside the home. It is important to periodically allow fresh air into the home by leaving a window or a door open to help flush out indoor air pollutants.

Hila Wright, MPH, CIH, CIEC
Indoor Air Quality Dept. Manager
Corporate Industrial Hygienist
Clark Seif Clark, Inc.