Poor Air Quality, This is part II of III in our Chemical Sensitivities series.
Another area of exposure that can pose a risk to children with chemical sensitivities is the air quality in the home. The EPA estimates that we spend about 90% of our time indoors and that indoor air can be 2 to 5 times more polluted than the outdoors. If you want cleaner air in the home, start by eliminating the primary culprits: toxic chemicals, cigarette smoke, and excess moisture which leads to dust mites and mold.
The American Lung Association recommends that you limit the home’s exposure to these components by:
Regularly ventilate the home by opening windows.
Installing a carbon monoxide detector.
Incorporating a few air purifiers through the home.
Never idle the car in your garage.
Test for radon and install a system if the test results are positive.
Use low-VOC paints and sealants.
Regularly clean/inspect your air conditioner and/or humidifier.
Avoid toxic cleaning products
In addition to this, we suggest the following:
Avoid toxic pesticides in and around the home.
Air out dry cleaned clothes before bringing them inside or better yet, use an eco-friendly, non-toxic dry cleaner.
Use a fan in bathrooms to vent out excess moisture during showers to help prevent mold growth. If you find any leaks, be sure to fix them quickly before mold starts growing. If mold has started to grow, make sure you take precautions to remove it properly and clean the area to prevent infestation.
My company has been serving customers with chemical sensitivities for years. We have many suggestions that have helped these people who sometimes can no longer live in their own homes due to sensitivities. If you or a loved one find that you are becoming sensitive to your surroundings, it is best to seek out a professional who can diagnose the condition and help make suggestions to ease the suffering before it becomes physically debilitating. There are doctors throughout the country who provide these services as well as support groups that can provide help.
Eric Lancaster is Executive Vice President of TeraGanix, Inc., the exclusive North America distributor of Effective Microorganisms® and EM® Bokashi products. He is the technical expert on Effective Microorganisms® for the US market. Please visit www.TeraGanix.com for more information.