What’s polluting my indoor air?
Here are some of the many possible indoor air pollution:
• New paint, carpets, plastics, vinyl, mattresses and wood finishes.
• Particleboard cabinets, pressboard shelving and furniture
• Oven cleaners, window cleaners, nail polish, shoe polish, hair spray, incesticides, typewriter fluid, and air fresheners
• Natural gas from your stove or heater
• Silicone caulking, adhesives, wallpaper glues
•Car exhaust from the garage, recently dry-cleaned clothes, marker pens, and even the ink smells from magazines and books.
Put all that together in an enclosed, not always well ventilated space, and you’ve got air pollution!
The all-time best air freshsener of course is fresh air! Indoor air is a greater source of toxins than outdoor air*.
According to EPA studies, “In all cases, personal air values exceeded outdoor air values, by ratios 2 to 5.”
Translation? Even in cities like Los Angeles, outdoor air is generally much less polluted than indoor air. So, get that fresh outside air inside. It’s good for you. Often the most economical and efficient way to clean the air in your home is to just open that window and cross-ventilate. Consumer Reports magazine says that “just opening a few windows may do the job… even in the winter, cracking open a window a couple of inches won’t raise your heating bill by more than a few pennies an hour.”
*Wallace, Lance A. EPA TEAM (Total Exposure Assessment Methodology) Study, Washington, D.C., Sept. 1987:2