Most people know that environmental pollution is a health hazard, but they frequently only consider the negative health ramifications of outdoor air pollution. The fact is that indoor air pollution is often more toxic than outdoor air pollution. This is usually due to poor cleaning/hygiene habits, poor ventilation and use of toxic household cleaning products. Thankfully there are air monitors which constantly test for various harmful chemicals indoors. By setting up air monitors to check for the most harmful pollutants, homeowners can sleep easy knowing they’re taking the right precautions for their health.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring compound that is extremely toxic to humans. It was used in a variety of industrial and residential construction projects in America, and has recently been mostly phased out. Unfortunately many homes still have significant amounts of asbestos (often in the basement). This is definitely a risk factor that’s worth purchasing an air monitor to safeguard against. The effects of long-term asbestos exposure are devastating. Mesothelioma is a condition caused by asbestos, and it has harmed so many people in the last century that there are thousands of lawsuits against a variety of American industrial companies outstanding today. The condition has killed thousands and destroyed families.
Until recently, there wasn’t an effective home-test for ambient asbestos. It was necessary to hire a professional contractor to perform an official test, which was expensive. Today there are several DIY kits, and one company called Asbestos Alert has designed a real-time warning device that consumers can purchase and set up in their homes.
Carbon Monoxide Monitors
Carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas. It is extremely dangerous to humans because of these characteristics. Since you can’t detect it with your senses, you need a monitor in the home to protect you, because this compound is deadly when there’s a leak. Carbon monoxide can kill a person in less than five minutes at high concentrations. The risk of a carbon monoxide leak is why it’s never recommended to sleep in your car, especially if it’s running.
The good news is that carbon monoxide monitors are easily available and cheap. They can be found at a local hardware store or a big box store like Walmart, and are usually less than $50. There is no reason to buy an expensive, top-of-the-line carbon monoxide monitor, as the cheaper less glamorous ones use the same technology.
Radon is a noble gas that’s created by the natural breakdown of minerals in rocks on the Earth’s surface. But just because it’s natural doesn’t mean it’s safe. Radon, like carbon monoxide, is odorless and colorless. It’s also radioactive, which means that it’s toxic to humans. Radon isn’t as acutely toxic as carbon monoxide, but since people often are exposed to it for many years at a time, there is still a risk to health.
It’s recommended to get your home checked for radon every year, according to the EPA. It’s also recommended to get a home tested for radon if you are considering closing on a house. Usually the seller will have to pay for a fix if high levels are detected. There are some radon monitors sold directly to consumers, but they can be quite pricey. Since the price is often over $500, it’s usually recommended to just hire a professional to get your home tested. The cost will be a fraction of what it would cost to buy a monitor outright.
By taking precautions against these three toxins, you can help yourself and your family avoid long-term pain and discomfort caused by potential exposure. The three monitors/tests can be purchased for less than $500 combined, which is likely worth it when you consider how big the risk of indoor air pollution is. With calculated air monitor usage, you can be in the minority of the population that has less pollution in their homes than out.
Ankota believes that taking certain precautions or testing are important to the safety of patients at home. Take that extra step to ensure that you are controlling the risks that you can control with the right tools and systems.---
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