- According to the Environmental Protection Agency -
Indoor air can be up to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air.
There are a few things that can be done that may provide better quality air circulating in your home. Air humidifiers and UV lighting systems can both be an effective way of improving the air quality if desired.
Overly dry air is often associated with itchy, cracked skin, dry nasal passages, and damaged woodwork & furniture. Adding a humidifier can help alleviate these problems by creating and circulating more moisture throughout the home.
Humidifiers can also save you money on your energy bills, due to the fact that humidified air actually feels warmer than dry air and therefore your thermostat can be set to a lower temperature.
According to the EPA’s booklet on IAQ, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities.
Other research indicates that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Their conclusion is that because of these factors, health risks may be greater due to air pollution indoors than outdoors.
Additionally, groups who may be exposed to indoor air pollutants most often are usually also the most susceptible to the effects of indoor air pollution. These groups include children, the chronically ill, and the elderly. Those who suffer from respiratory or cardiovascular diseases must be especially wary.