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September 11, 2012
The pollution and air quality of the air outside your home is regulated by the government so it stays below unhealthy and unsafe levels.
But what about the air in your home? Do you know what you are breathing in everyday as you spend 90% of your day inside?
A Little Background
Homes today are built to be more energy efficient than ever before. Older homes are regularly updated to achieve this same goal. However, the movement to more efficient homes has led to another problem - poor indoor air quality.
Here's the issue: in order to improve energy efficiency, homes are sealed to prevent air leakage, which restricts natural airflow in and out of your home. This means pollutants in your home cannot get out and can lead to even greater concentrations of indoor air particles.
Your Home Could Be 100 Times More Polluted than Outdoor Air
This is not an isolated problem. In a comprehensive study by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it was found that the average home's indoor air quality is 2-5 times worse than outdoor air. In addition, many homes were found to have pollution levels 100 times worse than the worst outside air.
Air Quality Has Been Linked to Your Health
You, no doubt, recognize the importance of drinking water that is clean and safe because you know what you put in your body affects your health. But what about the 15,000 quarts of air you breathe in each day? Is that air clean and safe?
- Heart attacks
- Respiratory problems
- Cardiovascular disease
In fact, 50% of all illnesses are either caused or aggravated by polluted indoor air according to the American College of Allergists and EPA.
These health problems are one of the main reasons pollution levels of major cities are heavily regulated and researched. But who is paying attention to your home's indoor air quality (where you spend most of your day)?
Indoor Air Quality Solutions
The facts are in - indoor air quality is an increasing problem in America. But there are solutions available to protect you and your family.
The EPA encourages homeowners to ventilate their homes when possible. This, along with regularly vacuuming, will help reduce the pollutants in your home. However, these methods are often not enough.
That's where indoor air quality products like high-efficiency air filters, air cleaners and air purifiers can help clean the air you breathe. Also, duct cleaning, duct sealing, and sealing house air leakage can reduce the introduction of pollutants and make indoor air healthier and safer.
Want to know how your home's indoor air quality ranks? Schedule an air quality analysis with one of our Lawton-area air quality specialists.