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Is your family falling victim to these?

These silent killers are becoming a very common and problematic occurrence in nearly every home - they're indoor air pollutants. 

When air pollutants enter your body, the muscles around your bronchi tighten, causing inflammation around the linings of the bronchi. This results in an increase of mucus production, making it difficult for normal lung processes to take place in order to convert the air you breath into carbon dioxide.

The Environmental Protection Agency released a list of Indoor Pollutants and Sources and they're so off our radar at times, you've may have never thought of them. 

Here's our list of the Top 5 Common Indoor Air Pollutants: 

5. Nitrogen Dioxide - Nitrogen dioxide is a corrosive and very reactive toxic gas that is often released from tobacco smoke, kerosene heaters, and gas stoves. When exposed to nitrogen dioxide, affected persons may experience pulmonary edema, COPD, exacerbated asthma, and/or bronchitis. It is also known to act as an irritant of the nose, throat, and mucosa of the eyes.

4. Asbestos - Most commonly found in building materials and used as a fire-retardant. Asbestos is a known human carcinogen, and there is currently no ban in place to prevent the use of this toxic material. 

3. Wood Smoke - Composed of gases and particles invisible to the naked eye. These toxic substances enter the lungs and cause serious respiratory illnesses.

2. Carbon Monoxide - A colorless and odorless toxic gas that kills approximately 500 people per year. Carbon Monoxide is a byproduct of vehicular exhaust, furnaces, water heaters, gas stoves, and chimneys. 

1. Biological Contaminants - Composed of pet hair, dust, mold, pollen, and bacteria. Many of these contaminants can trigger serious allergic reactions and/or blockage of air ducts in HVAC system. 

Below are some simple steps you can take to reduce indoor air pollutants, keeping your family safe and healthy:

  • Avoid smoking indoors

  • Ensure your gas stove and gas heaters are well-ventilated

  • Change air filters every 30 days

  • Use carbon monoxide detectors

  • Make sure that exhaust fans are in proper working condition in the kitchen and bathrooms

  • Schedule preventative maintenance 1-2 times yearly to ensure your HVAC system is working properly

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