Come Home to a Breath of Fresh Air: Indoor Air Quality

It’s estimated we spend as much as 90% of our time indoors. And, as bad as air pollution might be, indoor air pollution is worse because it’s concentrated in areas where we spend most of our time.

Most indoor air pollution consists of gases or particles that are released by combustion, such as the burning of oil, gas, wood and tobacco. Building materials, household cleaners and pesticides also contribute significantly to indoor air pollution. All these pollutants may pose health and comfort problems to everyone in your home. These problems include irritation of the eyes, nose and throat, as well as headaches, dizziness and fatigue. And constant exposure to indoor air pollutants may lead to more serious medical problems.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lists three ways to combat indoor air pollution. The first is source control, where you find and eliminate the source of the pollution. The second is improved ventilation, which usually means creating or improving the system that removes pollutants from the air and brings more outside air into your home. The third approach is to clear the air in your home with an air cleaner. While you can take the first approach yourself, Air Design can provide information on which ventilators and air cleaners are right for your home.