February is American Heart Month! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that cardiovascular disease kills one person every 34 seconds in the United States. Taking good care of your cardiovascular health is vital to preventing deadly illnesses and living longer.
Although further studies still need to be conducted, indoor air pollution has been linked to heart health in previous peer-reviewed articles. A study by Dr. Joel Kaufman reports the following:
...long-term exposure to particulate matter and nitrogen oxides at levels close to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) can prematurely age blood vessels and contribute to a more rapid buildup of calcium in the coronary artery. This buildup of calcium can restrict blood flow to the heart and other major blood vessels —increasing the likelihood of cardiovascular events like heart attack and stroke.
According to a survey sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans spend 87% of their time inside enclosed buildings, so it’s important to ensure that the air you breathe is free from impurities. Poor indoor air quality can be caused by a variety of factors, including mold growth.
Good indoor air quality contributes to productivity, efficiency, and better overall health. ServiceMaster by Wright has compiled these tips to improve air quality indoors.
1. Control the Source.
2. Maintain Clean Surroundings
4. Keep Plants Outdoors.
5. Improve Home Ventilation.
6. Utilize Air Purifiers.
7. Utilize Air Cleaners.
8. Change Filters Regularly.
9. Check for Signs of Mold Growth.
10. Allow Fresh Air to Enter.
Note that these tips are based on current EPA data. While they cannot completely eliminate indoor air pollution, they can help reduce the contaminants that cause it.
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