...contd Indoor Air Quality Part 3

Three steps to better air quality;

1. Ventilate – Every day allow an air exchange in your home. Exchange the indoor air for fresh outdoor air by opening doors and windows, especially after cooking, on arising in the morning, and when you come home after work or extended time away from the home.

2. Identify and Control Source – Identify the source of air pollutants and wherever possible eliminate them by cleaning, replacing with healthier and more efficient products and appliances, and by using greener design principles.

3. BE GREEN – only use green, natural and organic products. Minimize on packaged food, eat only fresh food and cook everything from scratch.

4. GROW FRESH AIR - grow some common house plants for better quality air in your home.
Buy your home a beautiful fair trade salt crystal lamp to purify your air.


What is Radon?

Another source of air pollution is Radon emanating from shale, granite and phosphate rocks. It enters buildings through cracks in floors and walls, openings around floor drains and sump pumps, and foundations, and some building materials can be a significant source of radon. Even though radon is harmlessly dispersed in outdoor air, when it is trapped in buildings, it can be harmful, especially at concentrated levels.

Radon is a radioactive heavy gas which can seep into buildings from soil and rocks beneath and around the foundation of a structure, so it tends to accumulate at the floor level. Radon control requires an airtight floor and/or basement system. Exclusion of radon from the interior of buildings must be a serious design consideration especially in homes with basements, because of the serious consequences of exposure, but it must be remembered that there is very little testing done for stone, rock or tile products brought onto building sites.

Further research is needed to better understand which health effects occur after exposure to the average pollutant concentrations found in homes, and which effects occur from the higher concentrations that occur for short periods of time. I believe more research will be done if more people are asking for greener products and expressing their concerns in this area to suppliers, manufacturers and industry leaders.

Would Clean Air Make Me Feel Better?

If we have been living with poor indoor air quality in our homes for most of our lives, then I have to wonder how we would feel, what our health would be like if the air in our homes was clean and clear of pollutants. Well, I guess the only way to find out is to follow the above recommendations and monitor how we feel. We might feel more energetic, happier, healthier, and with fewer colds and flues plaguing us, and we might even be able to think clearer! How would that be? Mmmm, I don't know about you, but I want to find out.

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