Indoor Air Is Not As Clean As You Think

We all know how polluted the air outside is, especially if we live in big cities. But if you think that the air inside our homes, offices, schools, and any other building is any cleaner, you’re in for a big surprise.

Research shows that indoor air can actually be more polluted than outside air.

Then again, it’s not really surprising given the myriad of pollutants that ruin indoor air.

The streets have exhaust from countless vehicles; the inside of a home has cleaning products, which are loaded with harmful chemicals.

Factory fumes can taint the air in the countryside, cigarette smoke in restaurants and clubs exposes everyone there to thousands of toxins.

Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are rising to unseen before levels, while the gas stoves, ovens, and heaters that we use in our homes can put us at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning if they spring a leak.

Indoor areas are also incredibly prone to mold, which forms when there is excessive moisture. And if you have cats or dogs at home, then you’re dealing with pet dander on a daily basis.

Sure, an AC system can do a lot to make the atmosphere indoors more comfortable, especially when it’s subjected to regular maintenance and when necessary, professional air conditioning repair. However, comfortable is no guarantee that the air is clean. As long as there are pollutants indoors, the air inside won’t be as clean or as breathable as you want it to be.

You really need to be concerned about poor indoor air quality because it can trigger health issues. Respiratory illnesses, allergies, and heart disease are some of the health problems that poor indoor air quality can cause.

Check out the infographic below if you want to know more facts about indoor air quality.

Facts About Indoor Air Quality

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