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Tips for identifying health threats posed by air in homes

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 10:11

The word "pollution" often conjures up an image of smokestacks and visible threats that are present in and around a city, but many people forget that some of the dangers associated with polluted air can actually be inside of a residence.

The Oregonian reported that the air inside of a home is often far worse for people than what they encounter outside, as families spend a significant amount of time inside of their house and do not realize the magnitude of the threat posed by household products.

"It's funny how most folks are so concerned about outdoor pollution but pollution levels in our home can be much higher," Brett Sherry, program manager for the Oregon Health Authority's Healthy Homes and Schools Program, told the news source. "And most of us spend about 90 percent of our time in our home. So the exposure (to pollution) is happening there."

Part of the problem stems from the fact that homes are often insulated very well, removing much of the natural ventilation, and exacerbating the problems that are caused by old technology producing and distributing air pollutants.

Conventional heating systems can produce a number of pollutants, as the radiators, heating ducts and air vents that are required to run the technology store and distribute negative air particles.

New products, such as Warmboard radiant heating systems, do not use these fixtures and thus run in a manner that does not contribute air pollution to a home. Along with being clean and quiet, this system is also an efficient source of warmth.

The product operates in a way that helps to lower heating costs, efficiently provide warmth to a family and does not produce contaminants in the air.

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