Outdoor Pollution vs. Indoor Pollution


Most of us are aware of the dangers of outdoor pollution — everything from soot to exhaust pose health risks. But did you know the air in our homes and offices contains an even higher concentration of particles and gases? Below, we compare outdoor pollution versus indoor pollution.

Indoor pollution

We spend about 90 percent of our time indoors. Unfortunately, the air in our homes can become polluted due to inadequate ventilation, warmer temperatures and high humidity levels. What types of chemicals pollute indoor air? “Poorly ventilated indoor buildings may contain tobacco smoke, household chemicals, pesticides, biological contaminants such as mold and pollen, gases such as radon and carbon monoxide and building materials such as asbestos, formaldehyde and lead,” reports Livestrong.

When these pollutants enter your air ducts, they spread toxic air throughout your home. EnviroGreen Boston uses state-of-the-art technology and air duct cleaning to remove this buildup.

Outdoor pollution

Fortunately, much of the smog that blanketed our cities in the 1970s has since cleared, thanks to rigorous environmental legislation. However, certain outdoor pollutants can still hurt your health. The Natural Resources Defense Council reports that diesel, formaldehyde, benzene, particulate matter and ground-level ozone are the worst offenders.

There are simple things you can do to protect yourself from outdoor pollution. For example, keeping a safe distance from fume-spewing tailpipes will help protect you and your family from diesel exhaust. To steer clear of benzene, step away from the gas pump when filling up your tank.

There you have it — the basics of outdoor pollution versus indoor pollution. For help improving the air quality in your home or business, give EnviroGreen Boston a call at (844) 775-7700. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more tips.

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