We all want to breathe clean air anytime we can. However, the quality of the air outside is not always in our control. Automobile traffic, industry, pollen, and humidity are just some of the issues that create pollution, impacting outdoor air. Thank goodness the air inside is always clean…right?
More polluted than the air outdoors
Unfortunately, the air inside our homes is often more polluted than the air outside (about five times more, to be exact). Because of a lack of fresh air indoors, concentrations of outdoor pollution and pollution created inside can build up to toxic levels. Here are just a few of the sources of indoor pollution
Combustion Sources: You might not have a city bus in your home but that doesn’t mean the air is free from similar pollutants including carbon monoxide, radon, and super-fine particulates. These pollutants come from gas stoves, wood stoves, fireplaces, and space heaters.
Building Materials: Especially in new homes, the materials used to construct the home vaporize or “off-gas,” and enter the air. Formaldehyde from cabinets, furniture tops, and subfloors are just a few examples.
Our Pets: We may love our pets, but their presence does impact the air we breathe. Animals shed hair and their dander is a significant source of irritation for those suffering from asthma. Indoor/outdoor pets also bring in significant amounts of additional allergy triggers, including pollen.
Dust: While many indoor air pollutants are invisible, we’ve all seen dust floating in the air in front of a window or light. That “dust” is made up of dander, dust mite materials, skin cells and more. Even if it doesn’t aggravate any health conditions, it’s just plain gross!
You can have a Healthy Home
While we can’t control the air outside, we can manage it indoors. Whole-home Indoor Air Quality solutions provide you and your family the ability to remove dust, dander, pollen, and other particulates. Additionally, bringing in fresh air can help lower concentrations of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) and reduce humidity.