What in Your Home Is the Biggest Pollutant

Sick building syndrome is not just something you see in commercial or industrial buildings. Residential buildings can have worse indoor air quality than you see outdoors, even in city environments infamous for their poor outdoor air quality.

Small children, homemakers and elderly or housebound individuals typically spend a great deal more time literally at home than most people do. Children and the elderly are especially vulnerable to the effects of pollution.

Unfortunately, there is no universal answer as to what you can assume to be the single biggest pollutant in your home. This will vary from household to household and depend on a variety of factors. You will need to make an effort to determine which household pollutant is the single biggest one in your house. But you can look to the following categories for likely suspects.

New Carpeting
New carpeting can emit a variety of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). This is often called off gassing. The exact chemicals involved will depend upon the material in question. How bad it is will depend in part on how much new carpet has been installed.

Broken compact fluorescent bulbs
These bulbs contain mercury, a known neurotoxin. It is classified as a hazardous material and should be handled accordingly. Do not try to vacuum it up. If it gets into carpeting, you can expect to need to throw it out. It probably cannot be ever fully removed.

New plastic products
The softer the plastic, the more likely it is to off gas. This gets worse if they get warm for some reason, as can happen when you run certain electronics with a plastic casing.

Household cleaners and chemicals
Glues, adhesives, paint, paint stripper, pesticides and cleaning products can all introduce problematic fumes into the air. All should properly stored and properly used with good ventilation, among other things.

Furniture
Mattresses, upholstered furniture and many pressed wood items can all be sources of air pollutants. New furniture can give off formaldehyde. Old furniture may be a source of mold, dust, mites and other problems.

Cooking and heating
Fireplaces and wood burning stoves tend to be harder on air quality than some other heat sources, but most means to cook or heat have some fallout in terms of air quality. Passive solar design might be the only means to keep the place warm without somehow harming local air quality.

Although there are many known culprits that can harm indoor air quality, there is no universal answer to this issue. An audit of your home is the best way to determine what is the biggest source of indoor air pollution in your own house.

How to Workout When Staying at Someone’s Home

If you are staying at someone’s home, then you can continue to exercise in order to maintain your health. This is also a good opportunity for you to inspire a friend or relative to begin working out on a regular basis.

Way 1: Bring Small Exercise Equipment With You

You can bring small types of exercise equipment with you inside a suitcase. Some of the most portable pieces of equipment include:

• Stretchable exercise bands – easy to pack
• Yoga mat – to provide a soft surface
• Barbells – lightweight devices

Way 2: Contact Local Gyms for Daily Memberships

When you are visiting a friend, learn more about the local gyms before sending the business an email to learn if you can visit on a daily basis. In addition, you might already belong to a gym that permits you to use other gyms in different locations. Make sure to understand what is available at the gym in order to bring the correct workout clothing and footwear.

Way 3: Pack a Few Exercise DVDs

Pack a few of your favorite exercise DVDs to bring to your friend’s home. Nearly everyone has a DVD player in their home, and you can still enjoy a yoga or dance routine in a friend’s living room. Your friend may also want to join you by dancing or performing yoga postures.

Way 4: Attach a Bicycle to Your Vehicle

If you are driving to a relative’s home for a visit, then attach a bicycle to your vehicle with a specialized holder. After arriving at your destination, you can use your bicycle to explore the neighborhood. There are also foldable bicycles that you can fit inside a specialized case to bring along on an airplane.

Way 5: Walking and Hiking

When your relative lives in a rural area, you can enjoy hiking in the woods or in the mountains. Alternatively, if you are visiting a friend in the city, then you can go on long walks around the neighborhood. Make sure to pack the right types of footwear and clothing for hiking or walking.

Way 6: Find a Neighborhood Swimming Pool

If you can find a neighborhood swimming pool, then you can go swimming to have a workout. Pack your swimsuit in your suitcase, and make sure to bring along sunscreen lotion to protect your skin from the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

Way 7: Perform Simple Exercises to Stay In Shape

It is easy to perform isometric exercises in any location in order to stay in shape. You probably learned a few isometric exercises while in high school because this type of workout is quick and easy. You can run in place, do knee bends or complete sit-ups for 30 minutes three times a week.

 

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