Why is the Air We Breathe Indoors a Health Hazard?
Whilst we usually associate air pollution with smoking chimneys and burning fires, you may be surprised to know that our indoor air quality can be ten times more polluted than outdoors.
In an age when we spend about 90% of our time indoors (homes, schools, offices, cars, shops) it’s really important to reduce our indoor toxic exposures as much as we can.
There are many noxious gases that can be released inside our homes including carbon monoxide, tiny particulates and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) some of which are known carcinogens.
One simple reason our indoor air quality is so poor is that we just don’t open our windows and doors often enough to allow whatever has accumulated inside to leave.
This isn’t uncommon, as we either try to heat our homes or cool them down with air conditioning.
Another surprising factor is the rise of the energy-efficient sustainable home – so efficient that without opening windows and doors condensation becomes problematic, potentially giving rise to mould.