Did you know that the indoor air in your home can be 50 times more polluted than the air outside?

Airborne or particle pollution in your home can come from sources such as cigarette smoke, cooking (especially frying), malfunctioning combustion appliances (i.e. furnaces without a proper air filter), wood-burning appliances, and mould growth. They are also formed from substances such as carbon (soot), liquid or solid particles in aerosols, fungal spores, pollen or toxins present in bacteria.

How does it affect you?

Small particles cause detrimental health risks as they can easily travel deep into the lungs. Health risks include respiratory symptoms such as wheezing and coughing. Children are at a higher risk for developing health problems associated with inhaling particles such as cancer, asthma, cardiovascular disease, premature delivery, and birth defects, to name a few.

What should you do?

Is your house properly ventilated? A properly ventilated home can reduce the amount of particles in your family’s living space, which in turn lowers health risks associated with these particles.

Do you smoke inside the home? Cigarette smoke is the single greatest source of particulate matter in homes. This means cigarette smoke can lead to a higher inhalation of particles, causing serious health risks.

Do you have carpeted rooms in your home? Carpet can easily accumulate particles. If you do have large amounts of carpet in your home it is important to regularly clean them, specifically vacuuming to reduce particles.

Other sources of particles:

  • pets
  • burning of candles
  • bringing dirt in from outdoors
  • inadequate filtration on vacuums

Want to learn more? AmeriSpec’s certified professionals inspect, identify and address any problems in your home, so that you can rest assured that your family is living in a safe and healthy home. Learn more by downloading your copy of the AmeriSpec Healthy Homes brochure at www.HealthyHomesCanada.com, or by contacting your local AmeriSpec office.