Indoor Air Quality
Many people understand the importance of breathing clean air. However, few understand the link between poor indoor air quality and many common health issues. Many homes are loaded with chemical and biological pollutants that occupants are unaware of. Exposure to these pollutants has given rise to increased incidences of allergies and other health issues.
If you think your indoor air quality is nothing to worry about, you should read the following facts. You may change your mind:
- Indoors more polluted than outdoors
According to the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air is 2 -5 times more polluted than air in the outside environment. This is serious considering that people are spending more time indoors than outdoors. This means that people are being exposed to pollutants for a greater percentage of the day.
- More time indoors
Americans have been shown to spend up to 90% of their day indoors. This time spent indoors ensures that they are exposed to indoor pollutants for longer.
- Indoor air quality an environmental health risk
According to the EPA, the quality of air inside many homes in America is so bad that indoor air is now considered amongst the top five in environmental health risks. Staying indoors is therefore putting your health at risk.
- 45 chemicals in indoor dust
The dust in homes is not just a nuisance. It is also a health risk. Dust in homes in America contains about 45 chemicals. These can be classified into 5 categories including fragrances, fluorinated chemicals, flame retardants, phthalates and phenols. These chemicals are found in various products in the home including toys, candles, personal care products, nonstick cookware and candles.
- More than 400 chemicals in the home
There are more than 400 chemicals in the average home. A recent study showed that many of these chemicals are included in every day products. It also showed that many of these chemicals are volatile and can be easily circulated in the home in the air.
What you can do
Don’t panic. There’s something you can do to improve the quality of air in your home. Invest in EZ Breathe ventilation system to help ensure that your home environment is clean and safe. This system circulates air from the outside of the environment into the home. The polluted indoor air is pumped to the outside while clean air from the outside is pumped into the home.