Why should I be concerned with the air quality in my home?
In the U.S. the Environmental Protection Agency has stated that the air in the average home or workplace is anywhere from 10 to 100 times more polluted than the outside air.
Sources of indoor air pollution are categorized as either biological or chemical. Biological pollutants originate from living things or are themselves living things, and can be either gases or particles. Chemical pollutants can also be either gasses or particles.
Some common biological pollutants may be dust mites, pet dander, bacteria, pollen, mould, fungi, and viruses. While some common chemical pollutants may be cleaning agents, adhesives, oil and gas appliances, paint, radon, air fresheners, etc.
Long term exposure to these pollutants may cause things like allergy attacks, respiratory problems such as asthma and COPD, and people with compromised immune systems, the very young and the elderly are most at risk.