Facts About Indoor Air Quality
You probably know that indoor air quality is an important issue for your health, not to mention the people you live with and love. Poor air quality can contribute to a variety of issues for both your home and the people who live in it. But do you know just how serious things can get if the air inside your living spaces isn’t kept clean and fresh? Here are some facts about indoor air quality that we hope you’ll take to heart, because a healthy and happy home starts with air that’s fit to breathe by everyone who lives in it.
Indoor air is more polluted than outdoor air.
This may sound strange at first, but if you think about it, we think you’ll see how it makes sense. You might assume that in order to avoid all of the outdoor contaminants that are coursing around the Earth’s atmosphere, especially if you live in an urban or industrial area, it’s better to head inside. But the reality is that when you go indoors, you’re entering a mostly-closed environment that keeps toxins trapped inside if there isn’t periodic ventilation and cleaning. This means that you should have an intentional plan for consistently addressing the quality of your indoor air. This can be as simple as opening the windows once each week for a few minutes to allow fresh air to be circulated through your living spaces.
Americans spend the majority of their time indoors.
If your indoor air is more polluted than your outdoor air, and on average you spend more time inside than outside, then it follows that you’re probably going to breathe in more pollutants as a result of being in your home. This doesn’t have to be the case, however, if you invest a small amount of time (and yes, a little bit of your budget) to do the basic things like cleaning your home and replacing the air filter in your HVAC system on the suggested schedule. Consider the value of an inexpensive 90-day air filter versus the potential health hazards of breathing in all of those airborne particles of dust, lint, dander and other kinds of dirty elements that are trapped inside your home and are being recirculated all the time.
Respiratory issues can be worsened by poor indoor air quality.
Think about it: if you’re prone to asthma, allergies or other medical issues and you’re inside a space that’s filled with toxic contaminants, doesn’t it make sense that you’ll deal with more medical issues than you would if your indoor air was cleaner and fresher? Sure, you’ve got a lot of things to think about on a daily basis, but shouldn’t your home’s quality of oxygen be a top priority? You don’t have to spend a ton of time, energy or money to save yourself time, energy and money in the long run. With a basic routine of cleaning and maintenance, you can save yourself thousands of dollars in medical bills, repair costs and even utility expenses. Keeping your home’s HVAC system running close to its peak efficiency will save you on your energy bills and maybe even on your medical costs. So do the basics well: clean your air ducts, replace your filters, and vacuum often.
Some threats can’t be seen or smelled.
Colorless, odorless gases like carbon monoxide and radon are potentially deadly threats that could be lurking inside your home without you even being able to detect them on your own. At the very least, we recommend investing in a carbon monoxide detector (about $15) and a radon detector (about $150) to provide yourself with the peace of mind that you’re not breathing in molecules that can be truly toxic for your health. Most Americans have heard about the carbon monoxide problem, but far fewer have been told about radon, which comes up from the ground through your home’s foundation and into your home. Depending on the kind of soil you have underneath you and a variety of other factors, radon can seep its way in and when you inhale it, the molecules can lodge in your lungs and over time they can cause damage on par with lung cancer. In fact, radon is the leading cause of cancer in people who don’t smoke, and it is only second to smoking in number of cancer deaths caused each year. To learn more about the deadly effects of radon and the importance of radon mitigation in your home, visit https://www.epa.gov/radon/health-risk-radon.
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