During the winter months, we often find ourselves cooped up inside, huddled away from the cold and wintry weather, with few activities to lure us outdoors. This is a good time to think about the air we breathe indoors, and how it is affecting our health and our environment.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air can be 10 to 100 times more polluted than outdoor air. Asthma rates have doubled in the past 20 years.
Minimizing Indoor Air Pollution
The first step to breathing clean air is to reduce indoor air pollution. Unfortunately, some of the very things that create a homey ambiance are big contributors to making us sick. Plug-in air fresheners, candles, carpeting, and paint can all emit chemicals that can trigger asthma attacks or other breathing difficulties.