Public concern about the increasing rate of deteriorating air quality is heightened by the sheer volume of people with asthma and allergies. Children and young adults are increasingly suffering from these two conditions.
A new study by the American Heart Association shows that air pollution present in most US cities is likely to cause more deaths emanating from diseases of the heart and other major respiratory problems. Statistics published by the center for national statistics in the year 2001 show that over 7 million people children and around 13 million adults suffer from asthma related complications.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ranked indoor air pollution as being among the top dangers to the general public. The research by the EPA has shown that indoor air can be two to five times more harmful than the outside air. Given that most people spend their time outdoors, it is not surprising that most people suffer from allergic reactions.
Articles published recently, like the one by Chicago Tribune in 2004 linked asthma to the presence of various indoor pollutants. Each year, about five thousand people die from asthma-related issues. It has led to the investigation of causes such as exposure to cigarette smoke and the activity levels of children.
Types of Allergic Irritants
Reports by USA Today indicate that household chemicals are increasingly contributing to the occurrence of asthma in children. Building materials used today contain different chemical compounds that include paint, polyvinyl chloride, and vinyl. In time these compounds leach out of these products to become a part of the indoor air pollutants.
Another irritant is the dust mite. It thrives in areas that are humid, warm and likes to feeds on dead skin flakes. It feeds on flakes shed by pets and human being.
Given that over forty thousand mites can thrive on a single source, even in the cleanest of homes can be victim.
Dust, pollen, tobacco smoke and spores are allergenic particles also contribute to poor indoor air quality. Household furnishings such as carpets, drapes, and wallpaper may continue to release gas after installation, which can be potentially toxic.
HVAC systems that are damp and dark tend to be nutrient-rich making them ideal breeding grounds for mold, dust mites, and fungi. When the system gets used for heating or cooling the dust mites and fungi can spread in your home or office quickly. Using dirty filters also makes it easier for the contaminants to travel indoors, causing discomfort to you and your family.
Indoor air quality has deteriorated over the last few years due to changes in construction. While these air sealing practices have helped conserve energy, they have also locked the allergenic particles inside modern day homes.
Your beautifully constructed house could be a significant source of airborne contaminants which negatively affects your health.
If you have any concern for your indoor air quality, be sure to contact Simply Better Air today for an air duct and ventilation system inspection and service quote.