Your Family’s Air
Environmental research discloses a surprising and disturbing factor in our health – the quality of air indoor is much more important than ever suspected. Scientists in many countries have claimed that indoor air is often two to five times more polluted than outdoor air and can be up to 1,000 times dirtier. According to Canada Sanitary Organizations research, 68% diseases are caused by indoor pollutions & about 80% to 90% cancers concern with living environment or living habits.
Given that many of us spend up to 90% of our time indoors, this is a serious health concern.
Sources of indoor pollutants
When we hear the words ‘air pollution’, we think of smog, auto emissions, factory smoke, etc. Recent research suggests that we may have been looking in the wrong places. Environmental scientists claim that the real risks to our health are much closer to home. It is indoor air quality that has the greater impact.
THE PARTICLES IN OUR AIR
The minute, invisible particles in the air are a primary threat to health. They evade the body’s filtering mechanisms and penetrate deep into lung tissue, carrying toxic substances which are absorbed in the body. The harmful particles, which include dust mites, pet dander, mold spores, and pollen, provoke allergic reactions in many people.
Some allergic reactions are severe – asthma is the best known and one of the most serious. Other allergic conditions are subtle chronic conditions. Runny nose, watery eyes, recurring headaches, lethargy, even snoring can all be symptoms of allergy. Many people endure these conditions, not knowing that they are allergy-related and that prevention is readily available.
GASES – INVISIBLE RISKS
Gases are as much a risk to our health as airborne particles. Among the greatest concerns to health are the volatile organic compounds, or VOC’s. These gases, up to 500 of them, are dispersed from cleaning solutions, carpets, building materials and many chemicals commonly used around the home. Formaldehyde is the chief concern among the VOC’s, as it is so widely used. Its effects show up normally in itching of the eyes, ears and throat, but it is implicated more seriously as a carcinogen.
After controlling the sources, you can now take aggressive action to remove indoor air pollution from your home.