What affects air quality indoors after home improvement?

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We tend to think of air pollution as something outside -- smog, ozone, or haze hanging in the air, especially in summer. But 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 by lead (in house dust), formaldehyde, fire-retardants, radon, even volatile chemicals from fragrances used in conventional cleaners. 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 that mix, you'll also find microscopic dust mites -- a major allergen -- plus mold and heaps of pet dander, says David Lang, MD, head of Allergy/Immunology at the Cleveland Clinic. "Even if you don't have pets, you've probably got pet dander," he tells WebMD. "It's become what we call a community allergen. Pet owners carry it around on their clothes and shed it throughout the day. You can't get away from it."

Children, people...

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Air pollution is an international concern and you might think it just refers to the thick, dark cloud of smog floating atop a factory or the exhaust from a truck driving down the highway. While these forms of pollution are significant, it is also important to consider the air in your home. If you are aware and proactive, it is possible to improve your indoor air quality—making the air you breathe everyday fresher and cleaner.

What Affects Indoor Air Quality?

Everything that enters your house has an effect on the air quality. The chemicals you use for cleaning have a significant impact.

Harmless chemicals like chlorine and ammonia can create toxic gasses when they are combined. They can linger in the air for hours and you can be overwhelmed with the fumes. In the event that this happens in your home, evacuate, and open all windows and doors to allow the fumes to dissipate.

Smoking in the home is another major influence to your indoor air. Whether...

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Most people are aware of pollution in the outdoor atmosphere but some never really think about the indoor air quality of their homes or offices. In large cities where there is a great deal of smog due...

Most people are aware of pollution in the outdoor atmosphere but some never really think about the indoor air quality of their homes or offices. In large cities where there is a great deal of smog due to traffic and manufacturing plants, residents have been adversely affected. Illnesses and breathing difficulties have occurred when there are too many particulates and pollution in the air. Most municipalities have made laws that result in cleaner air. Some examples include smog or emissions tests on automobiles and EPA regulations for factories.

Regarding smog tests, in order to register a vehicle in these areas, the motorists must take their cars to a testing site and have them inspected. If there are problems that are causing emissions of pollutants, the drivers...

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In an effort to keep your family healthy, you try your best to keep a clean home. But in order to stave off symptoms such as sniffling, sneezing, and itchy eyes, you may need to do more than dust and scrub surfaces.

According to the experts at Broan, homeowners should also remember to combat airborne dangers that could pose a health threat.

In a recent poll, the ventilation product manufacturer found that although most homeowners are aware that unhealthy indoor air can cause health problems, many do not recognize the signs of poor indoor air quality in their home.

Signs of poor indoor air quality

"We spend up to 90 percent of our time indoors; our home should be our sanctuary. Yet too often, homeowners overlook the warning signs of poor indoor air quality, attributing it instead to everything from asthma to the common cold," said Michelle Gross, senior global director of channel marketing, services, and digital.

A few signs that the air in...

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(Guest post by Jack Rubinger)

Did you know that women who work at home have a 54 percent higher death rate from cancer than those who work outside the house? Or that 50 percent of all illnesses in the U.S. are caused by poor indoor air quality (IAQ)?

When you consider the fact that we spend 60 to 90 percent of our time indoors, you can see why poor indoor air quality is a problem that can have a real impact on your family’s health–and the problem is a lot bigger than most people realize.

The EPA found that indoor air quality is often 5X worse than outside air–and may be as much as 100X more polluted. In a cross-sectional study of homes throughout the U.S., it found that 96 percent of homes tested had significant IAQ issues. 86 percent had high levels of dust, pollen and air-borne viruses. 71 percent were filled with potentially harmful chemicals and gases.

Thankfully, there are a number of simple steps you can take to improve the indoor air...

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When people talk about air pollution, what usually comes to mind is the smog that pollutes urban cities. It makes sense. In both developed and growing cities, outdoor air is often comprised of industrial exhausts, radiation, accumulated smoke from cars caught in traffic jams, and toxic chemicals. People would rather stay in their homes because of this, thinking it is safer to be indoors. In reality, there is no escaping air pollution.

A survey by the Environmental Protection Agency of American homes reveals that indoor air can be two to five times more polluted than air outside. What makes it even more alarming is the fact that people spend 90 percent of their time indoors. Thankfully, you can make your home a safer place simply by improving its air quality.

Here are 7 ways to improve air quality in your home.

1. Don’t smoke indoors.

Cigarette smoke is particularly dangerous as it releases toxic fumes. But even tobacco smoke from pipes and cigars are...

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The quality of air in cities and towns is something we are very conscious about. Governments are trying to reduce air pollution so we can have a better health. But, just as outdoor air quality, indoor air quality is very important and can affect our bodies. We might not think about it as much, but we spend most of our time indoors. However, we are mostly concerned about outdoor pollution levels and forget the air we breathe inside, which can be just as dangerous. At home, at the office... the quality of indoor air we breathe can severely affect our health and lead to serious problems and diseases.

To understand how poor indoor air quality affects our health it is important to know what products can lower the quality of air, so we can take the appropriate measures to avoid them.

What is poor indoor air quality?

When thinking about pollution we always think of exhaust pipes or factories emanating gases, but the truth is that the air we breathe at home might be...

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Breathing quality indoor air is critical for good health. Most Americans spend a significant amount of time indoors--either in the home, office or other types of buildings--where gas, chemical and other pollutants can cause headaches, eye irritation, allergies and fatigue. Serious pollutants can cause certain types of cancers and other long-term health complications.

Clean air can prevent many environmental health hazards such as asthma, which according to the US Environmental Protection Agency, affects 25 million people, including 7 million children in a given year. Asthma accounts for nearly 17 million physician office and hospital visits.

Common indoor air pollutants include:

Second hand smoke: A serious indoor air pollutant which can worsen symptoms for asthma sufferers, increase risks of ear infections in children and increase risks for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Radon: A dangerous gas pollutant identified as the second leading cause of lung cancer, Radon...
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Household Solvents and Paint Strippers: Common Hazardous Wastes in Every Home


From paint stripper to nailpolish remover, household solvents are all too common throughout every home.

A solvent is a substance that dissolves another substance forming a solution. Solvents that contain carbon are known as organic solvents and can contain chemicals considered hazardous -- they can be flammable and toxic.

Some household maintenance and cleaning products contain organic solvents such as petroleum distillates. These are sometimes used to dissolve difficult stains or greases on certain materials that may be damaged by water-based cleaners.

Organic solvents are used in household maintenance items as a carrier, thinner, and remover. However, wastesand leftovers can result in potentially hazardous household waste.

For example, one cup of trichloroethylene, a solvent...

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Lifestyle Changes to Improve COPD Symptoms, Quality of Life

For people living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma or emphysema, oftentimes trouble breathing can make even the simplest of tasks difficult to complete.

While unfortunately there is no cure for these conditions, learning to live with the disease and manage symptoms is a key aspect of treatment and care. Living with COPD will never be easy. However, by making a few simple lifestyle changes, patients can ease breathing, reduce exacerbations and improve their overall quality of life.

Quit Smoking

For patients who have recently been diagnosed with COPD or other chronic lung conditions, the first step to improving symptoms is quitting smoking. With tobacco smoke as the number one risk factor for COPD, quitting smoking will slow the progression of the disease and lessen the toll that it takes on the body.

“While I am not saying that it is easy, quitting smoking will...

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by Nebula Haze

Table of Contents

Introduction

Why Temperature Matters to YOU as a Grower

Optimal Temps at Different Life Stages

Choose the Right Grow Lights For Your Space

How to Control Temperature - Step-by-Step

Introduction

Cannabis likes a comfortable room temperature when growing indoors, or a little warmer - not too dry, not too humid.

For a lot of indoor growers, that is all you need to worry about. If it feels too hot or too cold for you in your grow area, it’s probably too hot or too cold for your cannabis plants as well.

Cannabis plants like about the same temperature as humans do!

If your grow room feels warm or cold, humid or dry, that is a sign that you may want to look into changing the temperature and/or humidity of your grow area.

Generally, cannabis plants prefer temperatures in the 70-85 °F (20-30 °C) range during the day when lights are on. When lights are off (or at...

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