Indoor air pollution may be 10 times worse than outdoors

Indoor air pollution may be 10 times worse than outdoors

You may want to stay indoors, where you might think you’re safe. But in fact indoors may be even more damaging.

Indoor air pollution, the degradation of indoor air quality by harmful chemicals and other materials, can be up to 10 times worse than outdoor air pollution. This is because contained areas enable potential pollutants to build up more than open spaces do.

Air pollution, be it the indoor variety or the more visible outdoor type, is bad for your health. The thing many people tend to overlook is that it can also make you look older.

Indoor pollutants in dust and air are often generated from sources such as environmental tobacco smoke, building materials, furniture, cleaning and hygiene products, air fresheners, computers, printers, cooking and other indoor activities, and from people themselves.

Air pollutants of current interest among researchers include ozone, nitrogen oxides, and bioaerosols. The mechanisms of pollutant activity depend on the particle size, solubility, site of deposit and specific chemical properties.

Recent studies have shown that different pollutants provoke different immunological and non-immunological responses in those exposed. Interaction between air pollutants and allergens can take place outside the exposed person, within the allergen itself, or inside the organism on mucous membranes and skin.

Five simple steps to improve indoor air quality are:

Keep your floors fresh
Maintain a healthy level of humidity
Make your home a no-smoking zone
Test for radon. Whether you have a new or old home, you could have a problem
Smell good naturally. Avoid synthetic fragrances

 

Indoor air pollution may be 10 times worse than outdoors
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