People often worry about the pollution in big cities, but at the same time they may fail to realize the importance of the air quality in their home. Because 90 percent of Americans spend more than 60 percent of their time inside their own homes, air quality in the home affects health even more than air quality outside the home does.

Many people are unaware of just how many indoor air pollutants can be found in the home. Dust, smoke, pet dander, bacteria, mold, chemicals, and pesticides all contribute to poor indoor air quality, and each of these pollutants — let alone a combination of them — can wreak havoc on a family’s health. Poor indoor air quality can trigger asthma attacks and inflame allergies, and it can also cause flu-like symptoms. In fact, indoor air pollutants are among the top five environmental risks to public health.

You have plenty of opportunities for making sure that you and your family don’t suffer from poor indoor air. For starters, have your HVAC unit maintained seasonally, and change the filters regularly — both good ways of making sure you aren’t blowing pollutants around your home. Also, ask a professional to ensure that your ductwork is properly sealed. Be sure to bathe and brush your pets, sweeping regularly to prevent hair and dander from building up in your home. For more information about indoor air quality, take a look at the following infographic, originally syndicated by Air Experts Heating & Cooling.

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