Shedding Light on Indoor Air Pollution

July 1, 2014IMG_0605

With smog clouding over major cities, it’s hard to hide the pollution floating around in the air outside. Indoor air pollution, though it’s less visible, poses a greater health threat than outdoor air pollution. Eco News Network has rounded up some ideas to lower pollution inside your home or office.

Indoor smoking is a huge cause to indoor air pollution. It is a bigger threat smoking in an enclosed place than outdoors where the smoke can dissipate. Keeping smoke out of your home will make it a much a safer environment. As far as public enclosed spaces, only 28 states have banned smoking. If you live in one of the 22 states where it is still legal to smoke in a restaurant, write a letter to your local congressman expressing the importance of banning smoking indoors.

Reducing the amount of chemicals in your life is a great way to make your indoor air healthier. This doesn’t just mean your cleaning supplies. Many pieces of furniture are made with harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde in chairs as an adhesive and flame-retardants in couches. All these chemicals are extremely toxic, and in the case of the flame-retardant, wholly ineffective. Opt for chemical free furniture to ease indoor air pollution in your home.

According to the CDC, carbon monoxide (CO) poising kills 400 Americans a year. CO is a colorless and odorless toxin that is released through gas powered appliances in the home. A CO detector, which can be purchased at most hardware stores, and routine appliance maintenance, are the only things that will stop CO poisoning.

Don’t store gasoline or other hazardous materials in your home or garage. It’s dangerous.

Our biggest tip: ventilation is key. Keeping your vents clean and working will help move those toxins outdoors and keep them from lingering. Opening windows and circulating air more frequently can also be a big help.

Though we’d all like to spend more time outside, the majority of the air we breathe is done inside. Reducing your indoor air pollution may not be the easiest feat, but it will lower the risk of cancer and respiratory diseases.

Breathe easy.

-Malissa Stark

Photo Credit: Eco News Network

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