Air pollution is a term that often conjures up images of outdoor air pollutants, such as smoke billowing from vehicle exhausts. But the forgotten truth is, your indoor environment may be exposing you to higher levels of potentially harmful pollutants than anything you’d find outside. Here are six facts about indoor air quality you probably didn’t know.
1. Indoor Air Quality Is a Top-Five Health Risk
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ranks indoor air quality (IAQ) as a top five environmental risk to public health. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 4.3 million people a year die prematurely from illnesses attributable to indoor air pollution.
2. Air Pollutant Levels Are Often Greater Indoors Than Outdoors
Research reveals that air pollutant levels may be two to five times, and occasionally, more than 100 times, greater indoors than outdoors. Poor ventilation and consumer goods, such as air fresheners, cleaning products and scented candles, cause most indoor air problems.
3. Your Furniture May Be Toxic to Your Health
Toxic chemicals are found in many items of furniture, including couches, futons and upholstered chairs. Furniture manufactured prior to 2006 is particularly hazardous, as it contains polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), fire retardants that have been banned for health and environmental reasons by many states.
4. Inkjet Printers Are Another Source of Air Pollution
Inkjet printer inks contain glycol ethers, industrial chemicals that may be harmful to health. Studies have shown that long-term exposure to these chemicals may cause fatigue, nausea and tremors.
5. The IAQ in Your Child’s School Might Be Worse Than That of Your Home
IAQ is a concern in many schools due in part to the number of children these buildings accommodate. Children are more susceptible to the effects of air pollution because they breathe in more air relative to their body size than adults.
6. Indoor Air Contaminants Are More Damaging to Your Respiratory Health Than Outdoor Pollutants
Most indoor air pollutants are fine or ultra-fine particles that are easily inhaled and passed into the bloodstream, causing symptoms such as dry eyes, headaches and nasal congestion. Long-term exposure to these pollutants can cause more serious problems, such as asthma, lung infections and lung cancer.
Our WAVE ventilation system creates an air exchange that improves ventilation and reduces moisture for better IAQ. Combined with our air filtration system, it ensures the air in your home is always fresh and clean.
To learn more about our cutting-edge, eco-friendly solutions, please request a consultation today.