What is the Big Deal?
If someone asked you which air pollution has more effect on our general health, indoor or outdoor, would you say outdoor? If so, you would be wrong. You may not even realize it, but your poor indoor air quality may be hazardous to your health.
Indoor air pollutants can be up to 10 times worse than outdoor pollution. More than 90% of homes are estimated to have at least one Indoor air Quality (IAQ) problem. Recent studies have shown growing evidence that the IAQ in our homes and businesses significantly affect our health. The EPA has identified poor indoor air quality as one of the top five urgent environmental health risks to the public.
… research indicates that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for many people, the risks to health may be greater due to exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors. In addition, people who may be exposed to indoor air pollutants for the longest periods of time are often those most susceptible to the effects of indoor air pollution. Such groups include the young, the elderly, and the chronically ill, especially those suffering from respiratory or cardiovascular disease. — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA summarizes their 5 Indoor Air Quality’s of Concern in this video.
What Causes Indoor Air Pollution?
Sources that release gases or particles in homes and businesses cause indoor pollution. Depending on the home or commercial environment, problem pollutants may include:
- Gases (carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, natural gas, radon)
- Allergens (pollen, dust, pet dander, and dust mites)
- Household products and pesticides
- Mold and fungus
- Insect debris
Many of these contaminants go undetected since they are colorless, odorless substances that impact your health.
How Does it Affect Me?
Poor indoor air quality has a significant effect on your health, comfort, and safety. It can significantly increase the symptoms of:
- Upper respiratory congestion
- Allergy symptoms
- Asthma, COPD, and other lung conditions
- Lung cancer
Anyone can be negatively affected by these pollutants. However, the elderly, young children, Asthma and COPD sufferers are among the highest at risk of experiencing health issues from poor air quality. Since we spend most of our time indoors in our home or offices, improving the air that we breathe is critical.
How Do I Improve Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)?
Most indoor air quality problems stem from inadequate ventilation. Performing an Indoor Air Quality evaluation can help determine the level of threat in your home or office. IAQ professionals will test the air quality and advise you on central HVAC system solutions to improve ventilation. Along with viable solutions, proper maintenance is beneficial to air quality improvement.
Scheduled maintenance of your air conditioning and heating system substantially reduces the occurrence of indoor air pollutants. Routine maintenance ensures that the unit is running efficiently and adequately diluting emissions from indoor sources.
Breathing quality air is critical for good health. Contact Advantage Air & Service to begin to breathe easier.