The Importance Of Indoor Air Quality

indoor pollutionIf the Green movement has taught us anything, it has taught us that chemicals make us sick.

It’s very obvious that the billowing clouds of smoke from the coal burning plant are bad for your lungs.

The pollutants in your home may not be so obvious. There are many chemical toxins lurking in our homes that are impacting the air we breathe.

It is important to understand where those chemical pollutants come from and how to heal the damage.

According to the EPA, indoor pollution sources that release gases or particles into the air are the primary cause of indoor air quality (IAQ) problems in homes.

This could be anything from hair spray to air freshener, even the propellant disinfectant sprays that are supposed to kill the odor causing germs in our homes.

These products may seem safe or seem to provide a solution when they actually release propane, butane, or other combustible propellants into the air. These small particulates can stay suspended for hours, days, or weeks depending on the air flow.

Building materials and furnishings are a significant source of indoor air problems as well. These products may have been soaked in repellants, pesticides, or other chemicals during the manufacturing process.

Carpets, cabinetry, wood, and upholstery can all contribute to indoor air quality problems by off-gassing, or releasing fumes, into your home. The result is more harmful VOCs (volatile organic compounds) in your air.

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