When we think of air pollution, we tend to visualize skies clouded with smog, gas-spewing automobiles, and factory smokestacks producing deadly smoke. However, indoor air pollution can be up to 10 times more destructive to your health than any form of outdoor pollution. It makes sense: Since we spend about 90 percent of our times in our homes, we are exposed more frequently to the toxic ingredients in our household's atmosphere than the outdoor’s air pollution.
What Causes Indoor Air Pollution?
While outdoor pollution spreads out and dissipates, the pollution in your home has few places to escape. Instead, it becomes bottled up in your home, slowly affecting the health of you and your family. It can be caused from some of these sources:
- Smoking inside
- Insulation containing asbestos
- Furniture made of certain types of wood
- Cleaning products
- Malfunctioning stoves and furnaces
These are all common sources of indoor air pollution.
What Are the Risks?
If your home is poorly ventilated, that can exacerbate any existing air pollution problems.
Common symptoms of poor quality air include
- Shortness of breath
- Frequent headaches
- Dry and irritated eyes, nose, throat, and skin.
You may also find yourself feeling dizzy or nauseous. These symptoms are collectively known as Sick Building Syndrome.
Indoor air pollution can have serious long-term effects on your health. Exposure to radon indoors is the second most common cause of lung cancer in the U.S., killing up to 21,000 people a year. Other contaminants can lead to emphysema, the flu, asthma, or even cancer.
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