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Indoor Air Quality- Allergens
Allergens are found all over the world both inside and out! More than 50 million people in America are allergic to something. Homes or businesses that have poor indoor air quality make people more susceptible to the development of infections, lung cancer, and asthma. The most common cause for allergic reactions are from airborne allergens. Airborne allergens include: Bacteria, Mold, Dust Mites, Pet Dander, Cockroaches/bugs, Smoke, Formaldehyde, and VOCs (volatile organic compound).
Did you know?
Facts according to WebMD about allergens
- Number of people in the U.S. who have either allergy or asthma symptoms : 1 in 5
- Rank of allergies among other leading chronic diseases in the U.S. : 5th
- Degree by which levels of indoor pollution in U.S. homes exceed levels of outdoor pollution: 2 to 100 times, depending on factors such as whether the residents smoke
- 7.7% of people in the U.S. have asthma
- Increase in the prevalence of asthma in U.S. children under age 5 between 1980 and 1994: 160%
- Number of deaths each year in the U.S. from asthma: about 4,000
common allergy & asthma symptoms
Allergy: Runny nose, itchy eyes, coughing, circles around the eye, and symptoms that seem to linger/not go away. Asthma: wheezing, difficulty breathing, tightness of chest and/or a whistle sound when you breathe.
People spend 90% of their time indoors, which makes it very important to have good indoor air quality in your home/business. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the average person receives 72% of their chemical exposure in the home. To know the quality of your homes air, have an Air Quality Assessor come perform an air quality assessment. The assessment will include a sampling method that will test for: mold, allergens, dust mites, pollen, cockroaches, cat, dog, bacteria and more. There are many different ways to reduce the amount of indoor allergens in your home. Some are listed below:
- Keep surfaces in your home clean and uncluttered to reduce dust mites
- Vacuum once or twice a week (vacuuming does put dust in the air so use a vacuum with a HEPA filter or special filter bags if possible)
- Keeping doors and windows closed will help prevent the entry of pollen
- Dehumidifiers help reduce the moisture in the home (moisture is a breeding ground for mold spores)
- Control cockroaches- don’t leave food or garbage uncovered. Use poison baits, boric acid and traps rather than chemical agents (chemical agents can increase allergic/asthmatic reactions)