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A Breath of Fresh Air Cleaning up Indoor Air Quality Can Dramatically Improve Health

“Be it ever so humble,” the song goes, “there’s no place like home.” There really is no place like home, but what if the air you were breathing in your “home sweet home” was actually making you and your family very sick?

We all want to believe that our homeis our safe haven, but unfortunately, the Environmental Protection Agency has classified poor indoor air quality as one of the top five most urgent public health risks. The EPA has also stated that the level of air pollution inside your home can actually be higher than outside your home!

Air quality issues became a concern way back in the 1970s when structures – including condominium buildings –were sealed up like Tupperware containers to help conserve energy.

The problem with sealing up a home or building too well without proper ventilation is that toxic pollutants —such as mold, tobacco smoke, pest control products, dust, fireplace emissions, formaldehyde from furniture andcabinets and more – linger inside, build up and have no way to escape. Energy conservation started to be a big issue 30-plus years ago, but the side effects from poor ventilation weren’t even considered then.

Such side effects will depend on the person’s sensitivities, but can include short-term symptoms such as eye irritations, headaches, dizziness and fatigue, and long-term effects such as respiratory diseases, heart disease and even cancers.

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