Although most people take the air they breathe for granted, the quality of that air can have an enormous impact on not only your health but on other aspects of your life. The reality is that polluted air can be found everywhere. In fact, it’s not a question of whether you will be exposed to dirty air but, rather, just how much dirty air can you ultimately tolerate? Before going into the good news and bad news of the matter, it must be emphasized that this problem is best handled by being well-informed.
One should, for example, know that indoor air quality is often much worse than outdoor air quality. This is hard to fathom, considering all the toxic fumes come from factories, machines, and automobiles. The air outside, without question, can be very heavily polluted, especially on high ozone days in hot weather and in urban areas with heavy traffic. Natural processes such as carbon dioxide being consumed by plants, constantly moving air, electric thunderstorms, ultraviolet rays from the sun, etc., help to keep outdoor air clean. Indoor air, especially in well-insulated homes, not only has no place to go but can often be filled with dangerous contaminants and allergens.
Despite all the bad news, the good news is that you can take effective measures to greatly reduce the toxicity of the air you breathe indoors.