We tend to think of air pollution as something outside. The truth is, the air inside homes, offices, and other buildings can be more polluted than the air outside. The air inside your home may be polluted. Some pollutants are tracked into the home. Some arrive via a new mattress or furniture, carpet cleaners, or a coat of paint on the walls. In the pollutants you might find microscopic dust mites, mold, or pet dander. Even if you do not have pets, you might still have it in your home. Pet owners carry it around on their clothes and shed it throughout the day. You can’t get away from it.

Poor air quality

Children or those who have asthma, are the most affected by poor air quality. Also, the elderly may be especially sensitive to indoor pollutants, but other effects on health may appear years later, after repeated exposure. Indoor allergens and irritants have become much more important in recent decades because we’re spending more time indoors. Since modern homes are airtight, these irritants cannot easily escape.

Notice issues

Dust mites and mold will thieve in moisture. Keeping humidity around 30%-50% helps keep them and other allergens under control. A dehumidifier helps reduce moisture in indoor air and effectively controls allergens. An air conditioner also reduces indoor pollen count. You can help to dehumidify your home by using an exhaust fan or crack open a window when cooking, running the dishwasher, or bathing. Also, do not overwater houseplants. You can vent the clothes dryer to the outside. Also fix leaky plumbing to prevent moisture-loving mold. Remember to empty drip pans in your window air conditioner and dehumidifier.

Test for radon

You should also test for radon. This is a colorless, odorless gas. Radon is a radioactive gas. It comes from the natural decay of uranium found in nearly all soils. It typically moves up through the ground and into your home through cracks and holes in the foundation. Drafty homes, airtight homes, homes with or without a basement can have a radon problem.