According to the EPA, indoor air often contains higher concentrations of pollutants than outdoor air and can be 2-5 times worse.
Many airborne pollutants can cause headaches, nausea, fatigue, sore throat and nasal discomfort. Poor indoor air quality is especially unhealthy for those who suffer from asthma or allergies, triggering sometimes severe reactions. In fact, the American College of Allergists stated 50 percent of all illnesses are either instigated or worsened by polluted indoor air.
Exposure to indoor air pollutants is substantial since most people spend more than half their time indoors. Babies and the elderly can spend up to 90% of their time is inside. Keep that in mind when you consider the average person inhales 11,000 liters of air each day. Indoor air quality can make a big difference in health!
Clean Air Starts with RAS
The first step to cleaner indoor air is a properly maintained HVAC system and regularly cleaned air ducts.
Other ways to help your indoor air quality are air filtration systems, vacuuming and dusting often, removing shoes when entering your home, washing bedding weekly with hot water, drying all laundry in hot air, and never smoking indoors.
Common Indoor Air Pollutants
All sorts of daily life can pollute our air.
- Fine particles such as ash, dust, dander, sawdust
- Pollens and mold spores from outside
- Toxic gases such as carbon monoxide build-up, or naturally occurring radon gas rising from the ground
- Household products such as disinfectants, pesticides, beauty products paints and lacquers
- Building materials like certain glues, varnishes, lead, asbestos, and formaldehyde
- Chemicals released from carpet, mattresses, new linens and clothes