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Frightening Indoor Air Quality Facts

Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was estimated that people spent 90% of their time inside. But since the pandemic, people spend more time indoors than ever before. This is why the quality of air in your home is important.

Indoor air pollution is a growing concern across the US. Here are 4 important facts about indoor air quality.

1. Secondhand Smoke: A Big Source of Indoor Air Pollution

Secondhand smoke is a major indoor air pollutant worldwide. Cigarette smoke contains several poisons - including carbon dioxide and formaldehyde. The smoke also contains up to 50 cancer-causing chemicals.

If you have infants in your home, secondhand smoke is of great concern. Infants are at high-risk for suffering illnesses caused by secondhand smoke. The smoke increases an infant’s risk of getting pneumonia, asthma, ear infections, and respiratory tract infections.

2. Indoor Air is Often More Polluted than Outside

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that indoor air pollution is sometimes up to 5 times worse than the air pollution outside. Most people think the air inside is always safe. But the truth is that polluted indoor air can make you sick.

It’s also possible for polluted air from outside to get inside your home. According to the EPA, secondhand smoke, chemical products, building materials, and combustion sources are the main source of indoor air pollution.

3. Asthma Rates Rising Among Kids

Asthma is one of the most common chronic illnesses in the US. It’s also the most common chronic illness among children. It’s believed that indoor air pollution is the number one contributor to the rise of asthma among children.

4. Harmful Chemicals Used in the Home on a Daily Basis

Most chemicals used in the home have been declared safe for humans and pets. But even if a chemical doesn’t directly cause sickness, that doesn’t mean it’s good for the atmosphere.

Items such as cleaning products, pesticides, hairsprays, paint, solvents, and deodorant all pollute the air. Chemicals in these products can cause nausea, allergic reactions, dizziness, and cancer.

5. Limiting Indoor Air Pollution

Maintaining fresh air in your home is important. An air purifier can help remove contaminants from your air. Replacing the filters in your HVAC system, and cleaning the vents, also help reduce indoor pollution.

Contact Harkins Air Conditioning Heating & Controls for help improving the air in your home. We can discuss your options, help you decide how to proceed, and take steps to give you fresher air.