6 Facts About Indoor Air Quality—And How to Improve It
Indoor Air Quality Facts To Improve Your Health
EPA research has proven that the air inside your home contains five to ten times more pollutants than the outside air. Poor air quality is one of the most common irritants for allergies, asthma, and chronic respiratory infections. In addition to the physical aspects of poor indoor air quality, bad indoor air quality can also cause emotional issues like poor mood and temperament.
We take a fresh breath of clean air for granted. Fresh air renews and invigorates our bodies and removes toxins from our blood.
The Facts About Indoor Air Quality
Ninety percent of our time is spent indoors. Keeping the air inside our home should be a top priority. The following statistics are quite disturbing, but it will help you understand why it is important to keep the air inside your home clean.
- A 2000 square foot home has approximately 53 pounds of dust polluting the air. That equates to about 850 ounces of dust and debris.
- In each ounce of dust, approximately 42,000 dust mites can be found. That means the average 2,000 square foot home has 35 million dust mites inflaming your allergies, making it difficult to breathe, and causing fatigue.
- Dust mites drop fecal matter about 20 times per day. That equates to 712 million dust mite pellets per day dropped in a home.
- You will lose about ¾ of a pound of dead skin per day. That dead skin finds its way into your HVAC ductwork.
- A couple will leave about 12 pounds of dead skin in their mattress each year.
- Harvard research shows that homes tested for indoor air pollutants, 100% had one or more air quality problems.
- 5 million Americans have been diagnosed with asthma or allergies. Those are cases that are diagnosed, there are many additional asthma and allergy sufferers that are never diagnosed.
Without any of these statistics, it is a great idea to be proactive and protect your indoor air quality as best you can. This is especially true when it comes to the Texas Gulf Coast. The Houston Metro Area is surrounded by industry and manufacturing known to contaminate our air quality.
For the same reason you would not drink standing water in a mud puddle, you don’t want to breathe in polluted air.
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