Bert's Blog™ features anything and everything to do with what is more suitable for those living with asthma and allergies. The blog also presents information for manufacturers aiming to provide products and services for those patients with asthma and allergic diseases.
Bert takes the science of certification and talks about it with you so that all can better understand what it means to be Certified asthma & allergy friendly™. He will also discuss tips, asthma and allergy news and resources, Q&As, newly certified products and services, and more.
Bert's Blog™ will occasionally feature guest bloggers from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and Allergy Standards Limited (ASL) who will talk about manufacturer tips, new Certification Standards, and industry news.
What Causes Indoor Air Pollution?
Indoor air pollution can pose a health risk, especially for people with asthma and allergies. Your home may have small particles in the air or damaging gases such as carbon monoxide.
What causes indoor air pollution?
- Tobacco smoke.
- Mold. It grows in places where there is moisture, such as the kitchen, bathroom and basement. It can grow on window sills and even in walls, ceilings or carpet.
- Dust mites and cockroach allergens, which come from different parts of the cockroach.
- Fumes from burning oil, coal or wood.
- Fumes called volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Certain products like new kitchen cabinets, newly finished floors, new carpet and paints can give off VOCs.
- Radon — a naturally occurring gas you can't see or smell. It can seep inside from the soil or rock under your home.
- Carbon monoxide — another gas you can't see or smell - from furnaces, stoves and fireplaces that are not vented to the outdoors or not vented correctly.
- Pollen, pet dander and outdoor air pollution can enter the home through open windows and doors.
What can you do to improve indoor air quality?
- Make sure your home has adequate air flow.
- Remove sources of moisture.
- Keep your windows and doors closed during high pollen times.
- Reduce clutter in your home.
- Use products that are Certified asthma & allergy friendly™