The quality of the air inside the home or office can significantly impact one’s health. Many people are aware that breathing outdoor air pollutants (ozone, particulate matter, diesel fumes, carbon monoxide among others) increases the likelihood of developing serious health problems, such as asthma, heart disease and cancer. However, many of us do not realize that the air inside our home can be up to 10 times dirtier than outdoor air.
Indoor air pollution refers to air pollutants that occur inside buildings or other enclosed spaces. Examples of indoor air pollutants include dust, fibers, smoke, bio-aerosols, radon, pesticides, asbestos, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides. Some sources, including building materials, furnishings and household products like cleaning sprays and air fresheners, release high concentrations of pollutants. High pollutant concentrations can remain in the air for long durations, increasing the potential for serious health problems and illnesses.
Evidence has proven that…
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