Sniffles, a scratchy throat or watery eyes don’t necessarily mean you’re sick with a cold or flu. The air in your home could be making you sick. In reality, about 50% of all illnesses are caused by, or aggravated by indoor air pollution. An estimated 1 500 hazardous substances can be found in a typical home.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air is 2 to 5 times, and sometimes more than 100 times, more polluted than outdoor air. And an indoor air pollutant is 1000 times more likely to reach your lungs than an outdoor pollutant.
While pollutant levels from these individual sources may not pose a significant health risk by themselves, the serious risk come from the cumulative effects of these contaminants. Unfortunately, good housekeeping alone (no matter how often or thorough) can’t solve the problem. If the air in your home or workplace isn’t safe, you’ll never be as healthy as you would like to be.