Every day, you make decisions about what things to do or not do. Some of your decisions may be based on the level of risk involved in the activity. You need the right information in order to make a sound decision. New scientific evidence shows that indoor air is often more polluted than the outdoor air, even in large cities like Louisville, KY. Read on to learn about three indoor air quality myths so that you can make informed decisions for yourself and your loved ones.
Indoor Air Is Healthier Than Outdoor Air
Many people see smoke or haze outdoors and believe that the air in their home or apartment must be healthier than the outdoor air. This isn’t necessarily the case. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency explains that indoor air is two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. The air in your home could contain combustion byproducts, radon, mold, pet dander, volatile organic compounds and more.
Radon Isn’t a Problem
Radon is a byproduct of uranium in the soil. It’s radioactive, and it occurs naturally when uranium decomposes. It gets into your home through little cracks and gaps. It’s a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas. It’s a common indoor air pollutant. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Installing a radon mitigation system lowers your risk of experiencing negative health effects.
Fixing Indoor Air Quality Problems Is Expensive
Improving the quality of your home’s air doesn’t have to be expensive. Monitor the sources of volatile organic compounds. Avoid common items that off-gas, such as clothes that were dry-cleaned. Increase ventilation by installing a whole-house fan or using exhaust fans. Choose an air filter with a minimum efficiency reported value (MERV) rating of 13 or higher.
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