Do you care about your Indoor Air Quality?

February is sometimes known as “National Care About Your Indoor Air” Month.

 

We hear it in the news all of the time.  More and more instances of asthma and other respiratory irritations and illnesses.  Skin irritations.  Flu bugs and other communicable diseases running rampant.

A thread of common relationships to consider here: sniffleFirst, it is typically cold outside this time of year in most locations in North America.  Because of this (coupled with less daylight over the winter months), most of us tend to spend more time indoors than in the warmer weather time of late spring through summer and early autumn.  Second, with more time spent indoors in more confined spaces, we are in closer contact with more people.  And in this way we pass and receive more germs and bugs than in warmer weather.  Third, our living spaces are becoming ‘tighter’ and more energy efficient.  By accomplishing this, we attempt to save on energy costs and be more environmentally conscious.

The three items listed above are inter-related and play off of each other.  And thus many of us pay a price with our health because of this.

So, indoor air quality (IAQ) is a topic of considerable importance to us.  And there is a reason why the thread of relationships mentioned above contribute to making us sick.

There are two things we can do to improve our health in response to this situation.  One, wash our hands.  Frequently.  Studies show that most germs are passed due to hand contact.  Washing frequently with soap can improve our chances of not catching something and passing it to someone else.  Two, we can do something about our indoor air quality.

As we have learned, indoor air pollution can cause serious health consequences. Studies by the Environment Protection Agency have shown that the air inside buildings frequently is two to five times more polluted than the air outside, and sometime much more.

US CDC indoor-air-quality image

Click on the image to see the different types of indoor air pollutants and corresponding danger levels.

Combined with the fact that the average American spends something like 90% of his or her time indoors, this means that we absolutely cannot ignore the issue of inside air quality.  Studies by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control have listed the most common pollutants in our indoor air.

The folks at AirPurifierGuide.org have taken the CDC’s reference guide and expanded upon it.  Continue here for more on the Top 10 Sources of Indoor Air Pollution in the Home and the abatement/remediation/elimination solutions for each.

Contact us at 717.299.5641 or email us and ask to see a full line of Indoor Air Quality Solutions!