What does the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC) have to say on the topic of Indoor Air Quality?


How is your indoor air qualityThe CDC's Environmental Health division warns that poor indoor air quality comes from many sources. (This is one reason to consider getting an upgraded air filter, offered for certain Alen Air Purifiers––you get a customized solution by selecting an air filter that meets the specific needs of your household. See our Product Advisor, based on your air quality desires.)

The Center for Disease Control notes that poor indoor air quality can cause frequent headaches, dry eyes, nasal mucus, nausea and extreme tiredness. And even more serious––the CDC states that poor indoor air quality "can lead to suffering from lung diseases."

At the CDC, they are especially concerned about the dangers of molds, pollen, pet dander, secondhand smoke, formaldehyde and fumes emitted by imported drywall; carbon monoxide that comes from burning propane, other gases and fuels, as well as charcoal; and the use of household products such as cleaning and pesticides.

The U.S. Center for Disease Control Suggests Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality:
  • Open windows when the weather is permitting
  • Sustain consistent use of ventilation systems to bring fresh air into your home (Due to seasonal weather constraints and other limiting factors related to outdoor air conditions, air purifiers are an ideal solution for cleaning your indoor air.)
  • Always make sure to promptly "fix water leaks to help keep mold away"
  • Use bug spray only when necessary
  • Never smoke indoors, and make sure to have adequate ventilation when you make any fires.
  • If you see or smell mold, clean the mold up with detergent and water, or with a mix of NO MORE THAN one cup of bleach mixed with one gallon of water. NEVER mix bleach with ammonia"
  • If you smell gas leave the house immediately, and then contact the proper authorities––do not light any flames or use any devices that could emit a spark.

The CDC is emphatic about the dangers related to indoor air pollution, and they want the public to be aware of this catastrophic health hazard. They go on to caution. "If you think poor indoor air is making you sick, please see or call a doctor."