Indoor Air Pollution, You, Your Family, Your Health

Posted by Dawn on 5/24/2014 to Paraffin-Free

Indoor air pollution kills.

It is such a threat that the Environmental Protection Agency lists it as one of the top five environmental dangers to public health. Moreover, making the threat posed by indoor air pollution even more dangerous (and interesting) is the fact that close to nine out of 10 homeowners in the US do not even know that the air within their homes may be worse than that which is outside.

Clearly, we need to be educated on the threat of indoor air pollution.

Indoor Air Pollution Sources

One of the most common sources of air pollution within our homes is the chemicals that we bring into our houses to clean them. Many of these cleaning supplies contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that often irritate our eyes, noses, and throats.  

While not a major threat in most homes, paraffin candles also cause indoor air pollution in many an abode. Made from a byproduct of petroleum, these candles emit toluene and benzene, a pair of toxic chemicals that no one ought to be breathing. Interestingly enough, beeswax and soybean candles do not emit these hazardous chemicals. Regardless of which candles you burn in your home, experts recommend running an exhaust fan at the same time.

Another common indoor air pollution is as old as life itself: dust. Full of allergens, mites, and bacteria, dust causes allergies and asthma. This latter condition kills thousands of people in the US each year. Plastic mattress and pillow covers, keeping dogs and cats off of beds, and not using carpets helps keep dust to a minimum.  

As mentioned above, our indoor carpets can be a major cause of indoor air pollution. Not only are they often loaded with dust and mites, they are the perfect breeding ground for many dangerous molds. Carpets must be vacuumed and shampooed on a regular basis.