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Is Indoor Air Quality Worse Than Outdoor Air Quality?

When you think of air pollution, you probably imagine smoke, smog, and unpleasant scents outside your door. You might believe that the walls of your home can shield you from breathing the toxic chemicals outside. However, this is not always the case. So, is the indoor air quality worse than outdoor air quality in your home? Once inside, pollutants can be hard to get rid of.

Degradation of Indoor Air Quality

Even if you often disinfect your house with soap and water, or even disinfectants and solutions with strong chemicals, that doesn’t mean that your home is completely clear of pollutants. Most of the time, you won’t notice how the indoor air quality of your home degrades, even due to everyday items you bring in from outside. As a matter of fact, indoor air pollution can be up to 10 times worse than the pollution outdoors. Pollutants can build within your own walls more than they do outdoors.

Effects of Indoor Air Pollution

Children are often taught that they should be mindful of what they do that may contribute to pollution, because it can ruin the planet and their health at the same time. However, there are other lesser-known effects of air pollution:

• Air pollution makes you look older

Research shows that air pollution is one of the main reasons for skin damage, with toxins causing the premature aging of the skin.

• Buildup of invisible contaminants

Dust and other particles that you often wipe off surfaces are not the only contaminants that can get you sick. There are also pollutants that come from tobacco smoke, cleaning products, air fresheners, and other everyday items that could build up in your air without you noticing.

How to improve indoor air quality?

Even if you cannot see your invisible enemy, you can take steps to improve the air quality inside your home. Here are a few tips that can help you reduce the amount of toxins in the air that you breathe:

• Clean your house regularly with safe disinfectants

Before purchasing just any disinfectant from the store, make sure that the manufacturer used only safe chemicals, or you can go natural and make your own cleaning solutions.

• Do not smoke indoors

Quitting smoking is ultimately better for your own health and the health of your family, but if you can’t stop the habit, then at least make your home a no-smoking zone. Take your cigarette smoking outside so that the smoke can freely leave without being trapped inside.

• Clean your filters and have your HVAC inspected

Along with regularly cleaning your home, your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) unit’s filters should be cleaned or replaced. Even if your filter is able to catch nasty germs and chemicals, if they’re just stuck on the filter, then they can find their way back into circulation. It’s also important to get your HVAC unit checked at least once every year to make sure that it is able to function efficiently.

As a homeowner, it is up to you to make sure that the air you breathe is safe and fresh. The earlier you commit to eliminating indoor air pollution, the better. After all, your home should be your safe haven, and it’s up to you to keep it that way.

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