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Over the past couple of years, local Philadelphians have been getting sick. Air quality is up and pollutants are down.


So what could be causing this drastic increase in respiratory issues here in Philly?  After diving in and doing some research, I discovered that indoor air can be more than 300 times as polluted as the air outside. This was astonishing to me. Considering all of the air filtration systems in modern homes, this was a bit of a shock. It seems that today, we spend the vast majority of our live inside.


As a result, we are living in a highly polluted environment. Giving full disclosure, I have no Idea what is causing the respiratory issues here. However, it is of my opinion that the issue of indoor vs. outdoor air quality is a good place to start. www.phe.gov


So how can you keep your home cleaner and therefore expose yourself to less pollutants and harmful substances?


It would appear that improving your home’s indoor air quality is a fine balancing act. Like most of us, we don’t have a spare 20K to drop on a new, top of the line air filtration system, so I wanted to look at some cheaper solutions. The first thing to be aware of is to toxic chemical that we use for cleaning. We use these chemicals to help, but they can also do great damage without following proper ventilation guidelines.  


That said, it is still important to use them. Although I prefer to vacuum myself, it is good to hire professional carpet cleaners every now and then. Apparently, carpets can hold more than four times their weight in dirt and dust. That shocked me! That alone could probably get people healthier. Other solutions include the additional adding of plants into your home. They will help filter the air and enrich the oxygen in your home.


Whatever is causing this issue, it is important to remember that our children are at risk. I urge all of my fellow Philadelphians to research this more.  



Lee Flynn is from the Wasatch Mountains near Salt Lake City, UT. After Lee spent years preparing himself, his home and his family, he decided he had to do more. In his free time, Lee helps educate those who want to do the same. Through small local workshops and articles, Lee trains and teaches others on home preparation, food storage techniques, wilderness survival and self reliance. After obtaining a bachelors degree from the University of Utah, Lee moved to the Salt Lake Valley where he now lives with his wife and daughter.



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