How to Protect Your Family From Air Pollution

 

indoor air quality 43402_fullAir pollution has a powerful effect on our health. Allergies, asthma, heart disease, and even appendicitis have all been linked to poor air quality, and many of the toxins we’re breathing in are circulating indoors. In the largest ever systematic study of the distribution and causes of major diseases and health risk factors around the world, the World Health Organization recently found that:

  • About 3.5 million deaths a year are caused by indoor air pollution.
  • About 3.3 million deaths are caused by outdoor air pollution.
  • About 0.5 million deaths are caused by a combination of indoor and outdoor air pollution
  • The total number of deaths caused by air pollution is around 6.3 million.

According to the EPA, most of us spend about 90 percent of our time indoors. Surprisingly, indoor air is often much more polluted than outdoor air, even in the largest and most industrialized cities. While some cities and states have laws to regulate outdoor air pollution, most of us rarely give a second thought to the air in our homes. Fortunately, there are some relatively simple and inexpensive actions you can take to improve indoor air quality where you live.

Here’s a round-up of everything you need to know to protect your family from air pollutants:

Allergies? Maybe It’s Your Air Conditioning (American News Report)

Healthier, Cleaner Air For Your Family (Mother Nature News)

4 Ways to Get The Best Indoor Air Quality (Popular Mechanics)

Top 10 Green Buildings in America (Scientific American)

Top 5 Plants For Improving Indoor Air Quality (TreeHugger)

 

Finally, while it’s important to make sure the air you’re breathing at home is as clean as possible, it’s significantly more difficult to control the toxins you’re breathing in when you travel. The recirculated air in planes, trains, and buses is infamously bad for your health, but many hotels fail to adequately regulate their indoor air quality as well. Be sure to inquire with hotels before you book about their air purification systems, and if possible choose a place to stay that has your wellness in mind.

 

 

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