Making the air in your home cleaner and safer for your family is always something to prioritize…especially in the spring! With the spring also come allergens which can enter your home and alter the quality of air in your home. As Americans, we typically spend 90% of our day indoors. Because of this NOW is the time to learn about indoor air quality (IAQ). We’ve come up with a list of 10 shocking facts to help you grasp the importance of keeping the air in your home safe and how:
#1: Your furniture could be a very dangerous culprit: your furniture might not be something you consider when beginning the process of improving your indoor air quality; however the fabric can be a great place to house trapped particles.
#2: Indoor air can be 2-5x more polluted than outdoor air: as mentioned before we spend 90% of our time inside. Don’t allow your family to continue breathing polluted air in your own home!
#3: Air fresheners can be harmful: have you ever stopped to think what you’re spraying into the air of your home? Sure it smells good…but, ultimately you’re spraying chemicals into the air. These harmful chemicals are known to disrupt hormones and reproductive development in babies and children.
#4: Poor air quality worsens asthma: the allergens circulating in your home are known to worsen the symptoms of asthma. Because of this it’s important to have an IAQ expert examine your home and present options to quickly begin bettering the air in your home.
#5: Pediatric asthma rates have jumped 72%: as mentioned in #4, allergens trapped in your home do not help in situations of asthma. Pediatric asthma rates are rapidly increasing as well as the demand in need for cleaner air in your home.
#6: The air quality in schools makes the top of lists of worst IAQ: did you know the place where our kids spend 8 hours of their day is among the top of the list for locations with the worst indoor air quality. This is a huge reason to ensure the air in your home is clean to allow some relief.
#7: IAQ is a top 5 Health Risk: the United States EPA ranks indoor air quality as a top five environmental risk to public health. Alarming? Yes. Still true? Yes.
#8: The elderly suffer the most: IAQ issues are known to commonly occur in elderly. Whole-house air purifying equipment can be a huge benefit for your family’s home—especially when your elderly relatives are present or for their own home!
#9: Wood burning fireplaces are culprits: the chemicals which are put off of wood burning fireplaces should be kept in mind as a health risk. Research shows that regular inhalation of wood smoke limits immune activity. Although warm and soothing, you should use your wood burning fireplace sparingly to improve the indoor air quality.
#10: You inhale approximately 15,000 or more quarts of air per day: because of this large alarming number, you can tell how crucial it is to begin improving the indoor air quality of your home as soon as possible.
This is just a short list from a very long list of shocking facts about indoor air quality. If you’ve just read this blog and want to begin making changes to your family’s home you can start NOW the BEL-O Man is here to help! There are many options you can choose from to select the best product for your home. Call the BEL-O Man today to schedule a visit with one of our IAQ experts! (618) 235-6626 or visit our website here.