Indoor air pollution is a growing problem in the United States. In the mid to late 1980’s homes have been built tighter, less drafty, use more insulation, built to a higher standard for energy saving measures.
Many have ignored the importance of indoor air quality until the scientist started talking about in more amid the COVID-19 pandemic. What we haven’t heard enough about is how poor indoor air quality can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure, lung cancer, asthma, and much more.
Here are a few more interesting key points:
You spend about 85-90% of your time indoors.At School, home, work, the store, a movie theater, like most people you spend almost all of your time indoors sharing the same polluted air.
The indoor air quality can be at times 100 times more polluted than the worst outdoor air.
Most people acknowledge the health concerns that comes with outdoor air, but few consider that breathing poor indoor air poses the same negative effects to our health.
There has been a troubling increase in the number of adults and kids who now live with severe allergies and asthma. These numbers continue to climb every year.
Indoor air pollution is all around you while you sit comfortably on your couch or favorite chair. They can be found in all areas of our homes. They come in with us from the outside, are created by our living habits and aging homes.
To give you an idea of where they come from we’ve made a list:
- Fabric furniture
- Curtains, throws and pillows
- Carpets and rugs
- Under and on top of furniture
- Among clutter
- Near sinks, showers and toilets
- Near water leaks, such as from appliances, pipes and roofs
- In basements and damp or humid areas of your home
- In the soil of overwatered house plants
- On produce
- New furniture
- New mattresses
- New carpet
- New building materials
- Paint and varnish
- Cleaning supplies
- Air fresheners
- Fuel-burning heat sources (like wood-burning stoves, kerosene heaters)
- Smoke from cooking, candles, fireplaces or tobacco
- Attached garages that store cars, motorcycles or lawnmowers (can add carbon monoxide to your air)
- Radon (a gas that comes from the ground and enters a home and can rise to dangerous levels)
There are a number of air cleaning devices that can be added to your furnace to help eliminate or manage these indoor air pollutants. These devices have been proven to kill many of these pollutants leading to stronger, longer, and happier lives. Don’t wait until you or your loved ones are affected. These protective measures can be installed at a very low cost by a qualified technician. Contact Omni Home Comfort and talk to our professionals about the right solution for you.