National Care About Your Air Month

February is National Care About Your Air Month!

According to the EPA, indoor air pollution is the #1 environmental health problem in America.  This is especially alarming when we consider that we spend 90% of our time within our homes and offices.  It’s even scarier when we consider that this air pollution affects our children more than it affects us as adults.  

Here are a few common causes of indoor air pollution:
-Building materials & furnishings
-Cleaning products
-Burning scented candles
-Cooking (especially with a gas stove)
-Fireplaces/wood burning stoves

Here are a few health related issues associated with indoor air pollution:
-  Asthma
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Fatigue
- Dizziness/headaches
- Nose bleeds
- Allergies
- Lung cancer

It is extremely important that we keep our indoor air quality as safe & healthy as possible for our personal health and the health of our families.  

You can reduce indoor air pollution by:
-Using fans
-Minimizing clutter
-Adopting a few houseplants
-Leaving shoes outside
-Changing home air filters monthly
-Avoiding smoking indoors
-Washing bedding weekly
-Ventilating your kitchen
-Dusting & vacuuming frequently and by
-Removing permanent carpets

By understanding and making a few small changes to your indoor environments you can significantly reduce your exposure to multiple air borne chemicals and greatly improve your health. 

Check out this blog by Old World New for sustainable ways you can improve your indoor air quality.

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