Environmental toxins can contribute to these chronic health disorders. Low level exposure over time leads to build-up within the body.
Home should be a comfortably place, a retreat from the stressors of the world. You must take action to keep it healthy by reducing environmental toxins.
Common Home Pollutants
- PM 2.5 (fine particulate matter). This is a key outdoor pollutant that is also generated indoors. It's stored in soft goods like bedding, curtains and furniture.
- Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC). The concentration is 20 times greater indoors than outdoors. Formaldehyde is a VOC and is present in pressed wood products.
- Nitrogen Dioxide. Gas stoves emit nitrogen dioxide when used. If you do not have and use a vented stove fan, your home may have elevated nitrogen dioxide levels.
- Indoor Air Plus label looks at home characteristics in new construction. Indoor Air Quality is developing a scoring technique to determine how clean your home can be through current ventilation systems.
- Low-cost monitors for pollutant levels inside your home. Expect to pay a few hundred dollars.
- Increase ventilation.
- Frequently launder soft goods in your home.
- Vacuum regularly.