How is the air quality in YOUR home?

Winter is a time that we tend to be cooped up inside and is a good time to evaluate the quality of our air. Some air quality problems are just annoying, like dry nasal passages, but some are more serious. According to the EPA indoor air is often five times more polluted than outdoor air.  Problems include odors, toxic chemical vapors, as well as mold, bacteria, viruses, and allergens. Humans breathe in and out about 20,000 times a day, and most people spend 90% of their time indoors. Many people notice that they feel better when they are outside and that when they are stuck indoors, they frequently have headaches or feel nauseous. Possible indoor air quality problems can be detected by the presence of unusual odors or “stale” air. If there is a noticeable lack of air movement in your home, the air you breathe has not been circulating and is not fresh and you probably notice a big change in the way you feel when you open a window or even spend some time outdoors. You should also look for physical signs such as mold or mildew in rooms that may have excess humidity. If your heating and/or air conditioning equipment is dirty, your home most likely suffers from poor indoor air quality. Even living in a new or remodeled home is no guarantee of good air quality. In fact, many building materials contain known carcinogens and hazardous chemicals like formaldehyde and organic solvents. Adding to the problem is the fact that homes and offices insulated very tightly these days, and the lack of airflow is a...