May is Asthma Awareness Month and we wanted to share some key facts about asthma and indoor air quality. According to the EPA, annually, 10.5 million school days are missed because of asthma. Understanding how to take precaution and realizing what can trigger asthma to rise is important. Things that can affect asthma that can be found indoors is mold, pet dander, smoke, dust mites and household chemicals. Knowing what can trigger your asthma is the first step. Although you may not be able to control sources from the outside but you can control it indoors. As we know, 90 percent of the time we spend our time indoors. An indoor environment might be as polluted as outdoors. Take control and reduce pollution indoors. The American Lung Association shares some tips that can help protect yourself from indoor air pollution:
- Make sure no one smokes indoors.
- Clean surfaces in your home weekly with a damp cloth and HEPA-filtered vacuum.
- Eliminate sources of moisture by fixing water leaks and using exhaust fans when showering, cooking or washing dishes.
- Keep humidity levels below 50 percent.
- Put away food, cover trash and use baits to control pests, like cockroaches.
- Don’t use scented candles or fragrances to cover up odors.
You want to feel comfortable and provide a comfortable environment for family members or friends who have asthma. You can use the tips above provided by the American Lung Association and create a welcoming indoor environment. If you have mold or want to improve the indoor air quality in your environment, AirTek provides several indoor air services. AirTek has been helping individuals create a healthier, cleaner and energy efficient indoor environments for 25 years.