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Hold your breath for one minute to be reminded of the critical importance of air. The quality of that air is vital too, as our bodies take in thousands of liters of air daily to survive.

However, air pollution is invading our homes and other living spaces. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), our home’s indoor air may be even more polluted than outdoor air, especially in summer, when our homes are tightly sealed to keep air-conditioned air inside. This can force pollutants to proliferate, including allergens, dust mites, pet dander, and other irritating debris.

The EPA states that some health problems may develop shortly after a single exposure or repeated exposures to pollutants. “These include irritation of the eyes, nose, throat; headaches; dizziness; and fatigue.”

To help keep your home’s air fresh, whole-house air purifiers are available to remove toxic substances which helps clean indoor air.

The American Lung Association (ALA) adds, “Two types of air pollution dominate in the U.S.: ozone and particle pollution. Thanks to the Clean Air Act of 1970, the U.S. has far less of both pollutants now than in the past. Still, nearly 141.1 million people live in countries with unhealthy levels of both – meaning the air a family breathes could shorten life or cause lung cancer, and other harmful effects.”

Ozone is harmful to breathe, and can attack lung tissue, the ALA states. Ozone develops in the atmosphere from gases emitted from cars, smokestacks, and other sources, such as gas-powered lawn mowers. When these gases react with sunlight, they form ozone smog. Particle pollution is “a mix of tiny solid and liquid particles, often invisible, but become opaque when concentrated. Because of their size, you can’t see the individual particles. You can only see the haze that forms when millions of particles blur the spread of sunlight.”

Dowe & Wagner : 11215 Commercial Street, Richmond, IL 60071 : 815.678.3000 : http://doweandwagner.com/

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