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Getting Rid of Indoor Air Pollution

Today's society faces a new challenge. People are now encountering, using, and ingesting more harmful chemicals in their work and home lives. Just being aware of this fact is not enough. It is critical to understand the potential hazards, the reasons behind them, and reducing their impact.

The Dangers
Poor indoor air quality is one of the top five environmental risks to public health in the United States. This high risk can be explained with two alarming statistics. 96% of homes have at least one indoor air quality problem.

People are often surprised to hear that there are much more air pollutants found indoors than outdoors. The risk especially comes into play considering most people spend 90% of their time somewhere indoors throughout their lifetime. There are also several illnesses linked to air pollution including asthma, lung cancer, heart disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Less severe problems include allergies, headaches, fatigue, trouble concentrating, and dry eyes.

The Causes
Unfortunately, indoor air pollution is not caused by one simple factor but rather, a multitude of causes. For instance, ventilation, temperature, and humidity are all factors that affect air quality. When not properly maintained, these factors increase the risk of having airborne pollutants in your home.

Volatile organic compounds (VOC) and gases from paints, furniture, glues, and solvents are another cause of air pollution. Commonly known contributors to poor air quality include mold, viruses, bacteria, dust, pollen, and pet danger. While you may try to get rid of these yourself, be careful with which household cleaning products you use. Aerosol sprays and many other similar products contain harmful chemicals that will add onto current air quality problems.

The Fixes
The best way to get rid of indoor air pollutants is to install a humidifier or an air filtration system. These products do the work for you by regulating humidity levels and reducing airborne contaminants inside your home. Although it may seem like nothing is happening, they are quietly removing up to 99.97% of harmful particle pollution from the air.

Nevertheless, there are several other ways to help eliminate risks. Always choose furniture, paints, and building materials that have low emissions (low-VOC and zero-VOC). Clean your house regularly with a vacuum that comes equipped with a HEPA filter. In addition, reduce the use of chemical cleaning agents and sprays with your everyday housework. Lastly, make sure to bathe and brush pets once per week and be cautious of where you allow them outside.

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