What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You: 3 Disturbing Air Quality Facts

Woman Asking How Is The Air Quality in Your Home?Did you know your home may contain indoor air contaminants that can cause and irritate asthma, allergies and other respiratory conditions? 
And that’s not all. Here are three disturbing air quality facts every homeowner should be aware of.

Your indoor air could be 100 times worse than outdoor air.

According to a study done by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the indoor air quality of most homes is 2-3 times worse than the worst outdoor air. In addition, there were instances when a home’s air was 100 times worse!
The reason many homes have such poor indoor air quality and high air pollution is that in order to be more energy efficient homes have become more and more airtight. This means once air contaminants find their way into your home, they are there for the long-term, unless you do something about it. 

Sources of indoor air pollution are in every home.

The best way to control your home’s indoor air quality is to remove the source of the pollution. However, in many homes this is difficult because everyday household items release irritating airborne contaminants (and create offensive odors). 
The most common sources of indoor air pollution include:
  • Pets
  • Furniture
  • Carpet
  • Insulation
  • Stoves & Fireplaces
  • Tobacco Smoke
  • Cleaning Products
  • Glues
  • Pesticides
  • Aerosol Products
  • Excess Moisture

You spend about 90% of your time inside.

We have established that indoor air quality in most homes is 2-3 times worse than outdoor air and that the sources of the pollution are everywhere. But when you consider the amount of time you spend breathing in these contaminants, you really see the damage that can be done.
While the exact percentage of time you spend inside will vary based on your routine, you likely find yourself inside the majority of the time. Many studies have already linked poor outdoor air quality to allergies, asthma, lung cancer, and heart problems. But your home’s indoor air quality is even more important.
So what can you do? The EPA recommends cleaning, vacuuming and ventilating your home. There are also a number of air quality products that can improve your indoor air quality.
O’Connor’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning serves the air quality needs of Hastings and the surrounding areas.

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