Prevention

How to Improve Indoor Air Quality

The term “air pollution” often conjures up images of car exhaust, bush fires and thick fumes from factories. But indoor air pollution can be just as bad, if not worse, than outdoor air pollution. In fact, the air inside the home can be two to five times worse than the air outside, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Indoor air pollution is also more difficult to detect because most of the things that cause problems are odorless. This can be detrimental to people who are sensitive to allergens or have respiratory problems like asthma.

People also spend more time indoors. So they may face a heightened risk of developing acute and chronic adverse health effects due to exposure to indoor air pollution, ranging from headaches to cancer.

Here are eight strategies for improving indoor air quality:

The first step to improving indoor air quality is to remove all products and furniture that are causing indoor air quality to degrade. Things like cleaning supplies, paints and drywall emit chemicals that affect indoor air quality. Removing them from the home is a cost-efficient approach to protecting indoor air quality. Read more…

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