Yes You Do
The moment you come home and walk in, you feel protected. None of the smog or the secondhand smoke or the car exhaust that is the bane of life outdoors in a city dare possibly enter the sanctuary of your house. Or dare they? The Environmental Protection Agency wonders at your confidence. The way they see it, when they check the levels of pollution in your average American urban home, they find that levels of air pollution are about twice as high indoors as they are outside. How does this happen, and what kind of air pollution solution will work for you?
The reason this happens is that modern homes today are completely sealed – it makes for better insulation against the cold, for better energy savings. What that means is, that anything that gets into your air indoors – there is no way for natural ventilation to just take it out. Whether it’s fumes from cooking, cigarette fumes, the evaporated Windex from the last time you cleaned your windows or anything else, it’s all just hanging in your air. And it causes asthma, headaches, nerve problems, the whole spectrum of nasty stuff that can happen to a person.
Every indoor air pollution solution that we will talk about here is just basic stuff that needs no investment from you other than a willingness to change your habits. Ventilation is something we take for granted – we think it’ll happen on its own. You can never completely control every chemical that gets into your house. It’s the ventilation that will take care of it. When cooking, be sure to turn on the exhaust fan, and be sure to leave a window somewhere open. Air can only get out of that exhaust fan if there is air coming into your house. Make sure that you have a professional come in and look at your furnace to make sure that it isn’t leaking any fumes into your house and that all harmful stuff gets out the chimney. If you have a garage that’s attached your house, make sure that you don’t start your car until you have the garage door open. Otherwise, the fumes from the car can certainly get into your house.
Air fresheners aren’t really good for you. That’s what the EPA says. Does lemon and pine smell like a wonderfully fresh house to you? These are the most dangerous fragrances as far as their chemical content is concerned. Ditch the room fresheners. If you have to have something really nice around the house, try something natural, like flowers. A great indoor air pollution solution has to do with staying safe from your dry cleaning. Dry cleaning is done with all kinds of scary chemicals. Bring your dry cleaning home as soon as it is ready, and you risk having it releaseing its toxic fumes into your indoor air. Make sure that you let it stay at the dry cleaner’s for whole week before you bring it home. Let all the fumes leave your clothes.
We use sprays for every kind of cleaning. And the EPA says that it’s a major cause of indoor air pollution. Instead of spraying your cleaner on any surface, pour it on a piece of cloth and wipe with it. It is the only way to stay asthma-free.