Indoor Air Pollution

by Karen Bates
(last updated August 7, 2017)

When you hear about air pollution, you are likely to think of outdoor air contaminants. But what many of us don't consider is the air quality inside. In reality, the air we breathe indoors can contain pollutants that may cause allergies and health problems.

Not all homes suffer from air pollution, but if you suspect the air you are breathing indoors isn't as clean as it could be, it could be time to take steps toward removing unwanted air particles. If you or someone in your home notice allergy flare-ups, asthma, headaches, or other problems, you may need to see if poor air quality is a cause.

You can treat, prevent, or eliminate certain contaminants in your home. There are a few things to know when it comes to indoor air pollution and helping to reduce it:

  • Indoor air pollution can come from various sources. These include gases, smoke (from smoking, candles, and cooking), mold, pet dander, asbestos, products you use in your home (such as cleaning products), and pesticides.
  • If you have a problem with indoor air pollution, people in your household may experience symptoms like runny nose, itchy eyes, asthma flare-ups, fatigue, itchy nose and throat, and headaches, to name a few. Although these could be symptoms of something else, they can be a giveaway that something is going on with indoor air pollution. Observe any occurrences of these problems in your home, and if they seem related to air quality you may need to do something to fix the issue.
  • One possible way to reduce indoor air pollution is to find and remove the source. You may need a professional to help with this. Watch out for mold, poor ventilation in your home, dirty air ducts, or any other evidence of a pollutant source. Some may be an easy fix, while others might be very serious and dangerous to deal with on your own.
  • You can start using an air cleaner or purifier indoors. These can work to remove and capture any unwanted particles in the air, releasing only clean air back into your home. These can be somewhat expensive, but can work well in certain situations.

It is important to your health that you take care of any air pollution problems in your home. Try to locate the source of the issue, then work on ways to fix the problem so you can breathe easier.

Author Bio

Karen Bates

An English student who enjoys writing and art, Karen has had her poetry published in her university's literary journal and has several novels in the works. ...

MORE FROM KAREN

Outdoor Kitchen Cleaning Strategies

Because they differ from regular indoor kitchens, outdoor kitchens may require different cleaning methods. There are ...

Discover More

Kitchen Pantry

The kitchen should be a neat and organized area. Using a pantry can help you to easily store items and keep them in a ...

Discover More

Tile and Grout Cleaning

Do you have tile in your home? Cleaning the tile and grout regularly can really improve their overall appearance.

Discover More

Remove Stubborn Stains Quickly Get everything looking clean again: Walls, floors, baseboards, counters, blinds, appliances, and more. Micro-scrubbers easily reach into surface grooves, lifting dirt away. This low-cost 8-pack is great for stubborn stains and touble areas. Check out Mr. Clean Magic Eraser 8-Pack today!

More Cleaning Tips

Air Quality Test

Poor air quality is a big issue in some homes. If you suspect that the air in your home is causing discomfort or illness ...

Discover More

Improving Home Air Quality

Whether it is during the height of allergy season or in the dead of winter, the air quality in your home is important. ...

Discover More

Indoor Air Quality Testing

Are you concerned about your indoor air quality? If you think there might be an air pollution problem, consider having ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 8 - 2?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.