Indoor Air Quality
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that the average U.S. citizen spends 90 percent of his or her time indoors, and indoor air pollution levels can be up to 96 times greater than outdoor pollution levels.This makes indoor air quality one of the greatest health concerns in our country.
Indoor air or environmental quality refers to all aspects of the indoor environment that affect a person’s health and well-being. It includes not only air quality but also light, heating and air systems, acoustic, vibration, and other aspects of the indoor environment.
So what can you do to better indoor air quality and help keep you and your family or employees healthy? Below is a look at a few choices you can make to help keep air clean inside your home or commercial building.
- Proper ventilation is required for any building, as it moves polluted air out and fresh air in. Simple acts such as installing exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens and installing air circulating and filtration systems, will not only keep air moving and remove pollutants but also help your home or building’s systems run more efficiently.
- Fresh Air Intake can be added to a forced-air heating and cooling system’s duct work. These systems draw fresh replacement air indoors when exhaust fans, fireplaces are in use. Fresh air intakes- Green Home Guide
- Paint is another culprit of poor indoor air quality. Certain paints emit volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. However, there are now low and no VOC paints available, which are usually formulated from natural raw ingredients like water, natural latex, plant dyes, and essential oils.
- Carpet, like paints, also emit VOCs. Carpet products carrying the CRI’s Green Label or Green Label Plus have gone through rigorous testing to ensure they emit low VOCs, ensuing it’s a healthy choice for your home or commercial building.