Indoor air quality is more important than people tend to believe, which is why February has been designated as “National Care About Your Indoor Air” month. For the most part, levels of many pollutants are higher indoors than they are outdoors. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), locations that involve prolonged periods of exposure are of highest concern. The top three locations of concern are homes, schools and workplaces.
So why be concerned when your indoor air quality isn’t at its best?
Poor Indoor Air Quality Poses Health Risks
Indoor air quality has a huge effect on the health of those living in a certain space. As a matter of fact, the Environmental Protection Agency has determined poor indoor air quality as the fourth biggest environmental threat to the United States. Many health issues can occur as a result of poor air quality, ranging from asthma, headaches and allergic reactions to lung and brain damage.
A Lot of Your Time Is Spent Indoors
The CPSC states that studies from the U.S. and Europe show that people spend more than 90 percent of their time indoors. That’s 90 percent of their time in spaces with either good or poor air quality. This fact in itself shows the sheer importance of air quality. For infants, those with chronic diseases and the elderly, that percentage is most likely higher.
You May Not Be Aware of Things Affecting Indoor Air Quality
It’s important to know what is causing the quality of the air to diminish and which daily activities you may want to rethink. There are many things that may need to be used in moderation or eliminated altogether. You can read more about what may be affecting your home here.
You Can Do Something about It
The state of your indoor air quality is not set in stone. Now that you know why you should be concerned and what’s causing the issue, there’s something you can do about it. You can read about the best ways to better the air quality in your home on our ultimate indoor air quality cheat sheet.