You hear about air quality every now and then, but nobody really seems to take indoor air quality all that seriously. You would assume that from traffic and regular pollution, outdoor air quality would be worse than indoor air quality. But in reality, you’d be terribly, terribly wrong. Here are three facts about indoor air quality you will be surprised to find out.
1) The EPA Ranks Poor Indoor Air Quality Among the Top Five Environmental risks to Public Health.
There are many, many different ways that various chemical agents get released into your home. Everything from toxic carpets to computers are slowly releasing small amounts of plastic byproducts into the air – the air that you ignorantly snort all night while sleeping.
2) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found the levels of air pollution inside the home can be two to five times higher (and sometimes even 100 times higher) than outdoor levels.
Yes that’s right. you read that correctly. Indoor air can be over 100 times more polluted than outdoor air. People aren’t just making excuses to leave when they say “I need to get some fresh air”. Your guests could be literally drowning in a gaseous cloud of petroleum byproducts, and they actually do require some non-chemical air in order to continue their existence.
3) An EPA study concluded that the toxic chemicals in household cleaners are 3 times more likely to cause cancer than outdoor air.
Just remember this next time your are spraying your entire house down with chemical cleaning agents – The chemicals your are using to clean your home will kill you much faster than the germs and bacteria you are cleaning off.