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Indoor Air Issues You’ve Never Heard Of

Posted on February 02, 2012
by Wendy Stackhouse

Okay, I admit it. I spend a good deal of time trolling the internet for indoor air stories.

Some of those stories turn into blog posts, some don’t.

There are times when the stories are fun and interesting, but just not long enough to turn into a whole post and I’ve found a lot of those lately so you get a bullet post about indoor air issues you’ve (or at least I’ve) never heard of!

 

    • Feline Asthma–Allergens and other particles can exacerbate asthma symptoms in humans, but did you know cats can suffer, too? One in a hundred cats suffers from feline asthma and it can kill! Cats can be allergic to pollen, air fresheners, smoke, hair spray and cat-litter dust. You can help your asthmatic cat by stopping the use of sprays, changing to a non-clay litter and not using your fireplace, as well as improving the ventilation of your home, changing the air filters and keeping your ventilation system clean.

 

  • Alzheimers and Air Pollution–A study looking at the brains of children and young adults shows exposure to air pollution causes changes similar to those seen in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. These changes are a surprise since they are not normally seen in the young. The brains examined were from people who lived in very highly polluted Mexico City and compared to those from people who lived in rural areas.

 

 

  • Do you like New Carpet Smell?–New carpets off-gas chemicals and other contaminants that have trouble escaping from office buildings and homes. If you can smell it, the levels are too high for good health. Open windows if you can or use fans to move the air through the ventilation system faster.

 

    • Can Light or Darkness Clean Your Air?–Scientists are studying a combination of different metals and exposure to light or darkness as a way of cleaning the indoor air in windowless or poorly ventilated rooms with great success! The best photocatalyst (light) is chromium, while even better results have come from cobalt (dark) catalysts, with a reduction in air pollution in as little as 10 minutes!

February is National Care About Your Indoor Air Month! We will be talking all this month about ways you can improve your indoor air at home, at work and at your business and why it is important. These are only a few news items we have found so far–and it’s only Groundhog Day!

If your home or business needs cleaner indoor air, maintenance on your kitchen exhaust hoods, dryer vents or entire ventilation systems in California, please contact AirTek! We offer these services and many more!

We Care About Your Indoor Air and we hope that you do, too!

Wendy Stackhouse is the Online Community Manager for AirTek Indoor Air Solutions and our affiliate Alliance Environmental Group. She welcomes your comments! For more news and tips or to ask questions of our experts, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! For updates on environmental services like mold remediation, lead removal and pest control including bed bugs, Like us at Alliance Environmental on Facebook or follow Alliance on Twitter!

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