Your Home Making You Sick?
know that indoor air pollutants in your home can
actually be more harmful to your families' health than the air outside?
because we typically spend about half of our lives in our
homes. So, make sure you have a healthy house.
quality can vary according to a number of factors. For
example, today's energy-efficient homes provide better insulation than
ever before, but often at the expense of air exchange. As a result,
moisture may build up, creating a breeding ground for things like
bacteria, fungi, and mold. There are also
different toxic substances related to different products you use in
your household. So, read the labels and try
to minimize exposure to toxic substances. Unfortunately they are
past few years, studies in Canada and U.S.A. are showing an
array of potentially harmful
indoor air quality may cause or aggravate recurring flu, asthma,
respiratory allergies, sinusitis, bronchitis, persistent coughs, headaches,
insomnia and chronic fatigue. Because of all that think about indoor
air quality every time before you introduce new things into your home
and make home hygiene a priority.
- Mould spores, which come from too much
the home. Water-damaged materials frequently grow
molds and other organisms that can cause allergies and many other
- Volatile organic
compounds (VOCs) which are found in many paints, flooring and air
- Radon, which can be released through the
seep into our homes via cracks in the foundation. Exposure to radon,
can lead to lung cancer, but it may be years before
- Asbestos, which was commonly used as a
building and insulation
between 1920 and 1978. Exposure to small amounts of asbestos probably
won't harm you,
but breathing high levels of it can increase your risk of cancer and
- Lead, many older houses (mostly build
before 1978) contain lead
paint, which causes lead poisoning. So, if you live in an older home,
consider testing for lead paint. Another risk of lead poisoning comes
candles, because, some
candle makers are still using lead cores in their wicks, which can
result in lead particles being emitted into the air of your home. This
particularly dangerous for infants, small children, and pregnant women.
- Combustion gases (which include carbon
oxides, and sulfur dioxide), can cause flu-like symptoms,
respiratory illnesses, or even death. Clean and maintain your chimneys
regularly (every year), making sure that they are properly vented.
Never use unvented combustion
appliances (such as portable kerosene heaters) indoors. Install an
hood over a gas stove and have a
carbon monoxide monitor installed.
- Pesticides, which can enter your house
windows, ventilation systems or soil. Try to
avoid using chemical pesticides when maintaining your lawns, gardens,
- Tobacco smoke exposure increases your
risk for heart disease,
respiratory infections, lung cancer or other lung problems. Don't smoke
and never allow tobacco smoke in your home.
- Water pollutants can be anywhere. Check
the water quality in your
area. If you use a private well, test your water every year for
bacteria, pesticides and organic chemicals.
- Food poisoning and other pollutants. Make
sure your food is properly prepared and stored to prevent food
Wash and store your cooking equipment properly to avoid health hazards.
Keep in mind that even the best municipal water
systems can fail to remove chlorine taste
and odor, as well as sediment and parasitic cysts in drinking water.
Invest in quality water system to improve your health.
SIMPLE & EASY
STEPS TO A HEALTHY HOME
- Ventilate your home properly. For
example, if you don't have
window in your bathrooms, make sure your ventilation fans exhaust
outdoors. If they exhaust air into the attic, they are not getting rid
of moisture from your house.
- Buy quality furnace filter. Look for Eco
electrostatic, electronic and HEPA filters. They trap most of the
toxins and airborne materials. You can reduce the chances of spreading
cold and flu viruses within your home just by upgrading to an
- Avoid chemical cleaners. Use environment
biodegradable products and old fashioned cleaners such as baking soda,
lemon juice and vinegar. Keep household chemicals away from children
and pets, and if possible,
store them outside the house and away from living spaces.
- Avoid standard air fresheners which
contain many chemicals. Use
vanilla and lemon or orange oil instead.
- Bring plants into your home to improve
indoor air quality. They
absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Make sure you use only
fertilizers for your plants.
- Never store paint cans and solvents in
your house or attached
garage. Store them in a shed away from your home.
- Carpet cleaners contain many dangerous
chemicals. Instead, clean
your carpets with steam or hot water and baking soda mixture.
- Use only low VOC paints to redecorate
your home. They release
fewer pollutants and are virtually odorless.
- Avoid products that off-gas such as
treated drapes, upholstery,
composite wood products, carpets, vinyl and plastic products. Choose
more natural products instead.
- Buy water treatment system to treat your
drinking water. Quality
water filters destroy more than 98% of harmful micro-organisms,
including E.coli and giardia.
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|Many people would be
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|Air and water
quality can vary according to a number of factors. For example, today's
energy-efficient homes provide better insulation than ever before, but
often at the expense of air exchange. As a result, moisture may build
up, creating a breeding ground for things like bacteria, fungi, and
mold. And even the best municipal water systems can fail to remove
chlorine taste and odor, as well as sediment and parasitic cysts in
|If you are on the
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is energy efficient, look for a heat-recovery ventilator (HRV) that
includes a high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. HEPA filters
have the highest capture rate of viruses, moulds and spores.
ventilators (HRVs) have two separate air-handling systems. One collects
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