Common pollutants in your home – and how to avoid their effects

 

People like to think of their homes as a safe haven, a place where you are comfortable and nothing can hurt you. Unfortunately, medical studies show that few homes are as healthy as we imagine. Pollutants are everywhere and their presence can go undetected for years, acting like silent killers that in time can deteriorate your health. The experts at forhealthyair.com have published a list of the most common home pollutants and how they can be avoided with the help of air purifiers. Whether they come from outside sources or by the people living inside the house, it’s important to take action and get rid of them as soon as possible.

Fungi & bacteria

Humid rooms such as the kitchen and the bathroom are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and fungi, which can cause allergies and respiratory conditions. The problem with mold and mildew is that they can be hidden for many months until you see them, so you could be breathing in microscopic particles without even knowing it. They are also resistant to everyday house cleaning products, but you can get rid of them by investing in a good air purifier for the bathroom.

Pet hairs & dust mites

Having a pet has many benefits, but sharing your home with a furry animal may decrease air quality, especially because they leave behind small pet hairs. When inhaled, they can be quite problematic, causing and aggravating allergies. Also, children shouldn’t come in contact with airborne pet hairs, because this can cause asthma. To enjoy your pet’s company without the risks, get an air purifier. It will also get rid of dust mites, which are also problematic.

Tobacco smoke

Everyone knows about the dangers of second hand smoke by now and tries to avoid smoking next to kids. But did you know that third hand smoke also exists and it’s even more dangerous? Briefly, third hand smoke is made up of miniscule tobacco particles that are left on walls and objects when you smoke. You cannot see them, but they are very harmful and prolonged exposure causes a series of health issues. For example, if you smoke in the kitchen, tobacco particles stay on your dishes and you can later ingest them. Even if you smoke outside, particles can remain on your clothes and you will pass them on to your kids if you play with them.

Toxic paints & other chemicals

Last, but not least, homes can be polluted by paints, cleaning products or building materials that contain toxic ingredients. The biggest threat is in old houses, which still contain traces of asbestos and construction materials that have been banned recently. Also, don’t forget that if you live in a heavily circulated urban area, your house is inevitably polluted by carbon monoxide from cars when you open the window.

Apart from these major sources of pollution, there are also smaller ones, such as pollen, carpet fibers, dust that sticks to the bottom of your shoes and various micro-organisms.