When thinking of air pollution, you probably think of giant industrial smokestacks or thousands of cars in traffic congestion. Perhaps you visualize the smoggy haze that clings to big cities or imagine what acid rain sounds like. Thinking of air pollution, you think of the air outside and luckily you can retreat to the safety of the clean air in your home, right?

Actually, the air quality in your home can be worse than the air quality outside. It’s easy to believe that the air quality outside is worse than the air quality inside. We know about air pollution and acid rain, we can see smoke and smell exhaust, and we might even hold our breaths when we see that semi-truck spew thick clouds of black smoke ahead of us in traffic.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the levels of indoor air pollutants are often 2 to 5 times higher than outdoor levels, and in some cases, these levels can exceed 100 times that of outdoor levels of the same pollutants.

In other words, sometimes the air inside can be more harmful than the air outside. Though it may be hard to believe, the air inside your home can be worse than the air outside. Dust and dander are notorious for lowering the air quality in your home. Incomplete fuel combustion from power generators and carcinogens from cleaning supplies, insecticides and building materials contribute to poor air quality that can cause cancers, and can also lead to other severe health complications.

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