This post is from KS contributing writer Jamie Larrison of How To Just About Anything.
Who doesn’t love the smell of a good stinky gym bag, or a dog kennel, or even your great aunt’s old couch from the ’70′s?
While you may think it’s ridiculous that anyone would enjoy taking a whiff of these stinky smells, did you realize your home’s air could be just as bad for you?
Outdoor air has natural filters, like plants and rain, that are constantly cleaning the air. Unfortunately because of factories, cars and other pollution sources, the outdoor air isn’t as clean as it could be.
Indoor air, though, has none of these natural filters. You could subject your home to a rain shower with the garden hose, but there’s no ground for it to seep into, just your carpet. And then you’re growing mold. Kind of defeats the purpose.
Dirty air vents, pet dander and hair, dust, mold, mites and chemical gasses are just some of the pollutants we’re exposed to in our homes. Even if you clean your home daily, there are air pollution exposures.
Can it really be that bad? I mean, what’s the worst that could happen by breathing in slightly less than pristine air?
Radioactive Gas in Your Home
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, radon fumes are a major cause for concern for many homes, schools and businesses. Nearly 1/3 of the homes tested had levels that exceeded maximum limits.
“A family whose home has radon levels of 4 pCi/l is exposed to approximately 35 times as much radiation as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission would allow if that family was standing next to the fence of a radioactive waste site. (25 mrem limit, 800 mrem exposure)
An elementary school student that spends 8 hours per day and 180 days per year in a classroom with 4 pCi/l of radon will receive nearly 10 times as much radiation as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission allows at the edge of a nuclear power plant.(25 mrem limit, 200 mrem exposure).” (source)
This gas can be found in groundwater, soil and building materials and is the second leading cause of lung cancer next to smoking.
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