Most homeowners like to think of air pollution as something that occurs outside their home. However, our houses are not as safe as we may think. In fact, many times, homeowners are the ones bringing dangerous and harmful pollutants inside the house. Here are three facts that every homeowner needs to know about their indoor air quality (IAQ).
Poor IAQ Is a Leading Health Risk
Indoor air quality is listed among the top five environmental risks, even more so than outdoor air quality. And it’s no wonder. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that the air we breathe indoors could be up to five times more polluted than the air outside.
And if that’s not bad enough, the EPA has also found that indoor air quality has been linked with both immediate and long-term health effects. Just some of the side effects of poor IAQ include:
– Eye irritation
– Sore throat
– Serious respiratory diseases
We Bring In Most Pollutants
While we may assume that pollutants come from the air outside, most are actually brought in through cleaning and other household items. Many cleaning sprays, air fresheners and even candles have harmful, carcinogenic chemicals in them. These can cause very serious illnesses and respiratory conditions.
It’s vital that whenever you use household cleaners, the area is well ventilated. Ventilation helps remove these and other harmful air pollutants from your air, protecting your home’s IAQ.
We Spend Most of Our Time Inside
While most of us would love nothing more than to spend all day outdoors, it doesn’t usually happen like that. In fact, between work, school and home, nearly all of our time is spent indoors.
This means our indoor air quality is one of the most important parts of our homes! We need to take care it so of our guests and families can breathe easy.
Improve Your Home’s IAQ
Are you worried about your home’s indoor air quality? Call Engineered Air today! Our thorough AC maintenance checkups ensure that your system is clean and your air is fresh. We can also go over your home’s ventilation options, so you can rest easy knowing those harmful chemicals won’t stay in your home. Call Engineered Air today, or schedule your appointment online!