What comes to mind when you hear the term air pollution? Beijing’s smog? Pictures of factory chimneys and clouds of smoke billowing from them? Well, while these are excellent examples of air pollution, they hide the fact that air pollution could be closer to home. In fact, the air in and around your house could be many times worse than the outdoor air you dread.
Indoor Air Quality
Poisonous gasses can enter your house and accumulate to dangerous levels. A single or repeated exposure to the contaminated air can then be fatal. Radon and carbon monoxide are two of the most harmful gasses that can invade your home.
The Unseen but Deadly Killers
1. Radon Gas
Radon gas is an invisible, odorless, tasteless, naturally occurring radioactive gas. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the gas is responsible for more than 20,000 lung cancer deaths in the U.S. every year.
Radon can enter your home from the surrounding soil and through cracks and openings. After entering the house, the gas usually accumulates in the basement, first-floor rooms, and the garage.
Protecting Yourself from Radon
Every state in the U.S. has risk-posing levels of radon. For this reason, EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General recommend radon testing for all homes in the country. Hire a qualified radon mitigation contractor in Utah to check the levels of the gas in your house. If you have elevated levels of the gas in your home, the professional will advise on the appropriate radon reduction procedures.
2. Carbon Monoxide
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, non-fire related carbon monoxide poisoning kills more than 400 Americans every year. Exposure to carbon monoxide has many other health effects.
At home, CO can come from generators and faulty appliances such as stoves, water heaters, furnaces, and fireplaces.
Protecting Yourself from Carbon Monoxide
Check your home’s ventilation and make sure that your fuel-burning appliances are in good working condition. Installing a carbon monoxide detector also helps.
Radon and carbon monoxide pose a real threat. Fortunately, radon testing in Utah is fast and inexpensive. Keeping carbon monoxide levels low is also not hard. A home inspection can help you protect and improve your indoor air quality.