Indoor air quality could be a serious concern for your family, and you probably don’t even realize it. Health problems caused by pollutants in your home tend to be subtle and won’t necessarily produce immediate problems or symptoms for your family members. However, according to the US EPA, “Indoor air pollutants have been ranked among the top five environmental risks to public health.”
In an effort to have more energy efficient homes, we seal our homes from outdoor air. Pollutants inside our homes cannot escape, and fresh air doesn’t enter our homes to dilute the pollutants. As a result, “indoor levels of pollutants may be 2 to 5 times – and occasionally more than 100 times – higher than outdoor pollutant levels” (US EPA). On top of that, “The average American spends approximately 90 percent of their time indoors” (US EPA).
Indoor Air Quality Resources
How do you know if your home has a problem with your indoor air quality? To begin, check out these articles from the American Lung Association: