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Growing Concern of Medical Professionals 

Is Your Home Quietly Making You Sicker?

by Roy Primm 

"The air inside my home could be guilty

Of being filthy

With indoor pollutants flowing

The inside air could be growing

More polluted than the outside air to me."

With the growing concern about outdoor air pollution and contaminants dominating the headlines and news stories, a growing concern among medical scientist is indoor air pollution.

Because African Americans lead the nation in respiratory ailments such as asthma, allergies, and sinus problems, a growing concern is evident on the indoor quality of African-American homes.

Indoor air pollution inflames the ailments of asthma, allergies and sinus conditions. For many years indoor pollution has been the silent culprit helping to aggravate respiratory conditions in many African-Americans.

According to the American Medical Association 94% of all respiratory ailments trace themselves to polluted air. The report also stated one-third of America's health cost come from (microscopic)indoor air pollution. For example, toxic mold, microscopic dust particles, allergens, household cleaning toxins, plastics and other unrecognized indoor air pollutants.

Environmental Protection Agency studies found human exposure to microscopic indoor pollutants and toxins can be 2-5 times higher than outdoor levels. The pollutant levels run even higher during winter because most homes remain closed tight, allowing less fresh outdoor air indoors.

The evidence is clear and the threat is growing each day. As better home insulation and stronger toxins and chemicals used in the home pose a larger threat to indoor air quality.

African-Americans spend over 65 percent of their time in their home. That's why we should take a closer look at making and keeping the air we breathe as clean as possible.

Here are 12 Tips To Cut Down On Indoor Air Pollution In Your Home

1. Forbid all smoking. Without a doubt, cigarette smoke is one of the biggest toxins humans can breathe. With all the other toxins already in our home this is one toxin we can control.

2. Open windows and doors everyday to let natural air circulate. There's nothing like fresh, clean, natural air to freshen up any home. This will help to dilute toxins, stale air and moisture in your home.

3. Use houseplants. Houseplants do more than decorate your home they also help to fight indoor air pollution. For example, they help remove chemicals like benzene, nitrogen oxides, formaldehyde and many others from the air.

4. Clean all vents and ducts every six months. You'd gasp in shock at what allergens, particles and pollutants can linger in a homes air vents and air ducts. We then breath it into our lungs. That's why it's important to keep all vents and air ducts clean.

5. Consider purchasing ceiling fans for each room. They work as excellent instant air circulators. Ceiling fans help move air around or out of a room with the flick of a switch.

6. To guard against carbon monoxide leaks, inspect all
gas appliances plus inspect and clean central heating units

7. Avoid idling your car in your garage. This is worth mentioning because the fumes that go into your home can linger indoors for days.

8. Try to avoid using harsh chemicals and pesticides if possible. Instead try the many natural, earth friendly cleaners and insect eliminators. But if you do, use all pesticides and cleaning chemicals with caution and only in well ventilated areas of the home.

9. Keep A Clean House. Dust mites (microscopic bugs with six legs), allergens, pollens and other airborne pollutants linger in every home. But you can reduce them with good house-keeping habits.

10. Are you or someone in your home allergic to certain pollutants? Then you should consider using allergen proof mattresses and avoid room furnishing that attract or collect dust. Such as overstuffed furniture and certain dust collecting fabrics.

11. Because vacuuming increases airborne levels of mite allergens and other biological contaminants, consider using vacuums with high efficiency filters.

12. One of the best ways to make sure the air in your home stays fresh and clean is to invest in a qualityair purifier.
Here's a few tips to keep in mind when purchasing an air purifier.

1. Check the Clean Air Delivery Rate (or the CADR). This is a rating that tells you the rate clean air is delivered. The higher the rating the better. The rating is on the outside of the box.

2. Check the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (or the MERV). This rating describes the size of the holes in the filter that allow air to pass through. The higher the MERV rating, the smaller the holes in the filter, the higher the efficiency. Look for a rating of 7 to 12 . This rating is also on the outside of the box.
3. Check the air filter and add the cost of replacing into your budget. With filters you get what you pay for. The better the filter the more contaminants it traps. So don't skimp on filter quality and make sure you replace them according to the manufacturers guidelines.
Yes, fresh air makes a difference in how you feel, how peaceful you sleep at night and your overall health. Now use these tips to help your home stay fresh, clean and at it's healthiest for you and your family. You'll soon see and feel the difference and wonder why you didn't do it sooner. You'll breathe easier because you'll know you're doing your "health" a favor by breathing cleaner air indoors.

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