Indoor Air Quality
Is your home polluted?
Did you know studies show that the indoor air quality in our homes can be up to 100 times more polluted than outside air? Homes are being built tighter and tighter with many materials that exude toxins right into the air we breathe each day, thus trapping pollutants within the walls where we live. Some of the pollutants inside the home include solvents, chlorides, wood preservatives, adhesives, plastics, aerosol sprays, dry cleaned clothing, and even air fresheners.
There are ways we can help reduce indoor air pollution. First, we can dilute the air by bringing in more outside air. Next, you should be thinking about source removal, also known as duct cleaning. The duct system in some homes can be a huge source of contamination. Many duct systems have been known to contain as much as 4 inches of dust, debris, pollen, pet dander and fungi. Upgrading your homes filtration system can also be beneficial. The standard paper furnace filter catches less than 7% of the contaminants floating around in your home. High efficiency filtration systems on the market can catch much more; some are up to 90% efficient. Irradiation of contaminants is also possible using a germicidal ultra-violet filtration system, or “UV” light, which is designed to rid your home of odors while destroying pathogenic toxins. Most heating contractors can design a complete indoor air quality package that will help clean up your indoor air, and reduce your family’s exposure to harmful contaminants.
To find out more about your indoor air quality, contact us today.
Did You Know?
- 7.6 Million Children suffer from asthma.
- There has been a 200% increase in childhood asthma over the last 20 years.
- Death from asthma is increasing in children less than 11 years old.
- Asthma causes 14 million missed school days per year.
- Children are more vulnerable than adults to many airborne illnesses.
- 60 million people suffer from allergies and asthma in the United States.
- Asthma cases have almost doubled in the last decade.
- 94% of all respiratory ailments are caused by polluted air.
- The EPA ranks indoor air pollution as one of the top 5 environmental dangers.
- Indoor air is 2-100 times more polluted than the WORST outdoor air.
- Americans spend more than 90% of their time indoors.
- 87% of American homeowners are not aware that pollution is worse indoors.
- Tight homes are the primary reason for indoor air problems.
- Dust mites thrive in tight homes and feed upon human skin flakes.
- Cats, dogs and birds produce a huge amount of allergens.
- One person can shed up to 700,000 skin scales per day.
- About 40,000 dust mites can thrive in an ounce of dust.
- Approximately 15% of Americans are allergic to dust mite feces.
- Americans are becoming very cautious about the food we eat to stay healthy.
- We don’t consider the air we breathe could be harming us.
- As a nation, we have recognized the benefits of drinking two quarts of clean water daily.
- Americans spend over $7 billion on bottled water annually.
- We inhale approximately 15,000 quarts of air each day.
- The air we breathe each day weighs more than the food we eat.
- We can only see 1% of the airborne pollutants with the naked eye.
- Clean air can extend the life and increase the efficiency of a home comfort system.
- Medical experts estimate that we take in and expel 20,000 breaths per day.
- Keeping relative humidity between 40% and 60% minimizes adverse health effects.
- 100 microns can fit in the end of a human hair.
- Dust mites range in size from 30-60 microns.
- Nine out of 10 homes have a particulate problem.
Information from the following sources:
American Lung Association
Environmental Protection Agency
The Mayo Clinic