Answers to Common Healthy Homes Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about healthy homes.

How can someone prevent or reduce the risk for poor air quality inside their home?

Angelia Mickle, certified nurse practitioner, discusses how someone can prevent or reduce the risk of poor air quality inside their home. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

 

There are a couple steps you can take to help defend against poor air quality in your home, according to the American Lung AssociationOff Site Icon (ALA). The best first step is to work to keep pollutants from being added to the air from the start, according to the ALA. Making sure your home is correctly ventilated is the next step in helping to keep indoor air pollution to a minimum. The ALA lists the following as some of the biggest indoor air pollution offenders to work to reduce or eliminate from your home:

  • asbestos
  • biological pollutants – These include molds, bacteria, viruses, pollen, animal dander, and particles left behind from dust mites
  • combustion pollutants – These include furnaces, fireplaces, fuel burning stoves and water heaters that use gas, oil, coal, wood, and other types of fuel
  • formaldehyde – This is often found in adhesives and materials such as flooring that are used in building a home
  • radon
  • secondhand tobacco smoke

Additionally, the Toxics Use Reduction Institute at the University of Massachusetts LowellOff Site Icon (TURI) also named these chemicals to its list of common indoor air quality pollutants:

  • beauty products – This includes hairspray, perfumes, colognes, and nail polishes
  • dry cleaning chemicals
  • household cleaners
  • lawn care and pest treatments – These can easily be dragged into the house on shoes or feet of pets

TURI recommends taking steps to contain any pollutants in or around your home, then to clean or remove the polluting items altogether. For more information about preventing and reducing the risk of poor air quality in your home, talk with your doctor.

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Source: Ann DeClue, MD, Ann DeClue MD; Joseph Leithold, MD, Woodcroft Family Practice; Jennifer Philpot, CNP, Stillwater Family Care; Angelia Mickle, DNP, Jamestown Family Medicine