As cooler temperatures hit, the annual ease into hibernation has officially begun: Homes are getting the cozy treatment, wardrobes are welcoming new layers, and soups and stews are looking more and more appealing. The chilly air is a welcome reprieve after one of the hottest summers on record, but it comes with a slight risk. All of that time indoors means more exposure to toxins in the air.
Believe it or not, indoor air is two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. Dust, mold, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that off-gas from furniture and appliances can cause a laundry list of symptoms like irritated eyes, runny nose, headaches, and fatigue, but a few proactive tweaks can go a long way toward clearing the air.