Air out your home

11:24 PM, Jun 7, 2009   |    comments
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St. Petersburg, Florida--Did you know the air inside your home is more polluted than the outdoor air in the largest, most industrialized city?

That's according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Most people spend 90 percent of their time indoors.

I try to open my windows during the cooler months or spend at least 15 minutes outside each day. During the hot summer, I try to hang outside in the shade otherwise I am always stuck inside. From inside my home, to my car, to work and back home, it seems as if I can spend months in this routine.

Poor indoor air quality may be to blame for all the sniffling and sneezing most people attribute to allergies.

Furniture, carpeting and dirty vents contribute to indoor air pollution.

In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency and its Science Advisory Board have labeled the quality of the air we breathe inside our homes a top-five environmental risk to public health.

The EPA's publication, The inside story: A guide to indoor air quality, outlines the major sources and culprits, including carbon monoxide from poorly vented furnaces and other fuel-burning appliances and unchecked mold growth, and offers strategies for remediating them.

Nasa found these large leaf indoor house plants can help remove chemicals such as benzene, formaldehyde and CO.

  • Heart leaf philodendron
  • Elephant ear philodendron
  • Green spider plant
  • Lacy tree philodendron
  • Aloe vera
  • Golden pothos
  • Chinese evergreen
  • Mini-schefflera
  • Peperomia
  • Peace lily

Heather Van Nest, Heather's Natural Health, 10 Connects News

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