How Toxic Indoor Air Pollution in Your Home Can Contribute to Asthma, Allergies, COPD, Chemical Sensitivities, and Cancer
Finding it difficult to breathe in your home? Having symptoms at home that disappear when you go someplace else? Are your eyes, nose, and throat frequently irritated? The problem could be indoor air pollution.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calls indoor air pollution the nation’s number one environmental health problem. Health effects can be immediate or long-term and range from slight annoyance to death.Even if you show or experience no symptoms now, indoor air pollutants can be slowly building up in your body, contributing to illnesses that only show up years later.
Awareness of indoor air pollution began in the 1970s when concerns about conserving energy resulted in building homes “tighter” to keep heated and cooled air within the building. This also prevented gasses from plastics, particle board and other sources from escaping, causing them to build up to high levels within the home. People began to get sick from this buildup of chemicals.
There are many indoor air pollutants, but they all fall into three categories:
- Particulates—bits of pollen, dust, and animal dander
- Gasses—misty vapors of volatile chemicals such as formaldehyde, perfumes, plastics, paints and finishes, solvents, and pesticides
- Micro-organisms—bacteria, viruses, molds
Particulates can easily cause breathing difficulties when many are present in the air.Gasses of toxic chemicals can cause damage to the lungs that can cause both irritations now and cancer later.Micro-organisms can infect the body, leading to all kinds of illnesses.
- Tobacco smoke, one of the few indoor air pollutants studied, is made up of both gasses and particulates and can lead to cancer for both the smoker and those who breathe second-hand smoke.
- Formaldehyde is a common indoor air pollutant that irritates the eyes, nose, and throat and causes cancer. Insomnia is also associated with formaldehyde exposure, particularly from permanent-press bedlinens. Another source of formaldehyde exposure is particleboard in stereo speakers, cabinets, subfloors, and solid-core doors.
- Wall-to-wall carpet contributes greatly to indoor air pollution, outgassing toxic fumes from the plastics used to make fiber and padding and harboring dust and molds. Dust even acts as a carrier for chemicals, which piggyback on particles as they move around the home.
Here’s the scary thing: Our #1 environmental health problem isn’t smog. It’s indoor pollution, and the Environmental Protection Agency even says so.
The air you breathe while indoors—which is most of the time for the vast majority of our country’s population—is the air that’s got the biggest impact on your health.
Even something as seemingly innocent as carpet is a huge factor in increasing the amount of toxins we breathe in.
Not only are carpet fibers a perfect “trap” for dust, mold, and other random particles, but the plastics used to make those fibers and the padding underneath constantly emit unnoticeable toxic fumes.
And this became even worse in the 1970s when electricity became more expensive.
During the hike in energy costs, homes were made “tighter” to keep less air from escaping the home. The new designs kept warm air in during winter and cool air during summer… but they also kept loads and loads of toxic fumes and VOCs from escaping.
As time passed and the chemicals built up, a noticeably large number of people were reporting illnesses caused from in-home toxicity… all because their in-home air wasn’t ventilated and purified enough.
And even though we aren’t living in the 1970s anymore, our better-insulated walls, doorways, vents, and windows still keep more and more of our toxins inside, proving our asthma triggers and making our lives way more miserable than they should be.
Fortunately, no matter what kind of home you live in, air purifiers like our EnviroKlenz Mobile Unit remove all triggers from your indoor air space: microorganisms, toxic gasses, and particles.
Because being afraid of yawning, or deep breaths while exercising just because you don’t want to breathe in toxins is dreadful. (And we want you to be happy to breathe inside your own home.)
Our earth mineral technology captures harmful chemicals and airborne particles and then initiates a neutralization process so they can no longer make you sick.