If you’re wondering about the effects of indoor air quality as it pertains to certain homes within the Central Coast, the answer depends on a variety of factors. Homes built in Pismo Beach might be differently ventilated than homes in San Luis Obispo.
Each home is differently constructed, and depending on geolocation, contractor and age, as well as the habitants propensity for sensitivity due to underlying health issues such as asthma and allergies, it’s imperative to understand the contents of your home’s air.
What Is Indoor Air Quality?
According to the EPA, Indoor Air Quality “refers to the air quality within and around buildings and structures, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of building occupants. Understanding and controlling common pollutants indoors can help reduce your risk of indoor health concerns.”
Health effects from indoor air pollutants may be experienced soon after exposure or, possibly, years later.
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The quality of your indoor air can be a powerful health predictor and indicator. Symptoms to pollutants may include eye/nose/throat irritation, and headaches, dizziness, and fatigue.
Causes of Indoor Asthma
There are a number of causes to indoor asthma, including:
Can House Dust Affect Asthma?
House dust may contain asthma triggers.
Actions You Can Take:
- Remove dust often with a damp cloth. Vacuum carpet, fabric window coverings, and fabric-covered furniture to reduce dust build-up.
- Allergic people should leave the area being vacuumed.
- Using central vacuums or vacuums with high efficiency filters may be helpful.
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How Cockroaches Can Induce Asthma
Droppings or body parts of cockroaches can be asthma triggers.
Cockroaches are commonly found in crowded cities and the southern United States. Certain proteins, called allergens, are found in cockroach feces and saliva and can cause allergic reactions or trigger asthma symptoms in some individuals. Cockroach allergens likely play a significant role in asthma in many inner-city areas.
Actions You Can Take To Improve Indoor Air Quality
An important key to pest management is to free your home of places for pests to hide and to keep them from food and water. Pesticides are toxic for people as well as pests; try to use pest management methods that present the least risk. Some of these methods are:
- Do not leave out food or garbage.
- Store food in airtight containers.
- Clean all food crumbs or spilled liquids right away.
- Wash dishes as soon as you are done using them.
- Keep counters, sinks, tables and floors clean and clear of clutter.
- Fix plumbing leaks and other moisture problems.
- Take piles of boxes, newspapers, and other items where cockroaches may hide out of your home.
- Make sure trash in your home is properly stored in containers with lids that close securely, and remove trash daily.
- Try using poison baits, boric acid, or traps first before using pesticidal sprays.
- If sprays are used:
– Limit the spray to the infested area.
– Do not spray where you prepare or store food, or where young children play, crawl, or sleep.
– Carefully follow instructions on the label.
– Make sure there is plenty of fresh air when you spray, and keep the person with asthma out of the room while spraying. After spraying, the room should be thoroughly aired out.