Newer home construction is based on a “tighter” building process in order to conserve energy. While homes may not leak air-conditioned air and in turn waste energy in constantly cooling, they do unfortunately cycle the same air throughout your home. This means any air pollutants in your home are trapped and could potentially be making you sick.
The following statistics and facts are provided by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
- Most people spend 90% of their day indoors. From home to work and back again, most time is spent inside of a building. This alone may not be alarming, but when factored in with the next fact, you may want to have your home’s air quality tested.
- Indoor air quality is 2 to 5 times worse than outdoor air—in some places, even higher. This is a shocking realization when you consider the general air pollution outside and the health risk you face when outdoors in metropolitan areas.
- Indoor air quality, or the lack of, is in the top 5 of environmental dangers (as ranked by the EPA). Indoor air can be so polluted it actually ranks as high as ozone depletion and climate change.
- Childhood allergies and asthma are on the rise. And studies link this increase in diagnoses each year to indoor air pollution.
- Poor indoor air quality is also linked to lung cancer and heart disease. Asthma and allergies are often expected with poor indoor air quality, but other, “larger” issues are also found to be linked to air quality. The American Heart Association and the American Lung Association have found heart problems and lung disease (respectively) can be worsened or caused by poor indoor air quality.
- Indoor Air Pollution is not isolated to cities. Rural homes can be just as polluted as homes in urban areas. Indoor air pollution can comes from sources like building materials, chemical products, outdoor sources, and combustion sources (e.g. gas or fireplaces).
- A single person breathes in 15,000 quarts of air (or more) each day. Breathing clean air is just as important as drinking clean water—and people only drink (on average) two quarts of water per day.
If you have noticed that your allergies have worsened or a member of your family is relying on their inhaler more often, you may want to have your home’s indoor air quality tested. Knowing what is wrong—what types of pollutants are infiltrating your home, can help you to more easily combat and prevent these pollutants from getting in. Trust AcuSystem Inspectors to provide you with the testing and information you need to breathe healthy. We are Certified Green Indoor Air Quality Specialists and Certified Environmental Home Inspectors. This provides us with the training and knowledge to test and measure your indoor air quality and identify your home’s environmental risk factors contributing to the air quality.