Don’t know that I trust the EPA 100%, but, they say that indoor air pollution is the nation’s #1 environmental health problem. They estimate that indoor air is 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air, on the average. Since we spend most of our time inside our homes and work places, this can be detrimental to our health. As housing construction has gotten better, they have become increasingly well sealed for energy efficiency, leading to poor interior air quality. Some types of indoor air pollution are easily recognizable, especially if bad odors, mustiness, mold or mildew are evident. There are other pollutants you may not have considered. For instance, all those nice smelling sprays, deodorizers and candles are major contributors. Read the labels and see what kind of chemicals you are inhaling. Fortunately, there are a few simple things you can do to reduce this problem,( in conjunction with getting rid of the chemicals you are spreading around.) First, ventilation and air filtration are the answer to many indoor air problems. Open windows and use fans to get the stale air out of the house. Vacuuming floors, rugs and upholstered furniture at least weekly are a must. And if you have pets, like we do, it is more often. And my favorite is houseplants and lots of them! NASA tests show that common houseplants remove toxins through the natural process of photosynthesis-as they take up carbon dioxide, they also pick up airborne pollutants through their leaves, while giving off oxygen into the environment. Aloe vera, elephant ear philodendron, ficus and golden pothos are effective at removing formaldehyde; English ivy, peace lily and corn plants eliminate benzene and golden pothos and spider plants remove carbon monoxide. So, surround yourself with green and breathe easier!
- Investigate Your Indoor Air Quality (everydayhealth.com)
- 6 Shocking Air Pollutants In Your Home (mybigearth.com)
- Breathe Green & Easy: Pro Energy Consultants Launches ‘Breathe Green & Easy’ Homeowner Education Campaign Promoting Indoor Air Quality Awareness (prweb.com)
- does room fresheners affect the environment (greenanswers.com)
- Polluted office air evident in workers’ blood levels (electrocorpairpurification.wordpress.com)