What do you know about the air you breathe?
Nobody wants to have a bad air day, especially in your home.
Every room in your house hides potential sources of air pollution. In fact, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has found that indoor air may be up to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air.
The pollutants that lurk outdoors can make their way indoors, and there are indoor-only culprits as well. Potential irritants include fumes from combustion devices and gas-fired appliances, as well as moisture, mold, and chemicals from carpets, clothing, paint, cabinets and other common items.
Unfortunately, most people spend about 90 percent of their time indoors exposed to those potential sources of pollution than can lead to discomfort and illness. That's why every home needs ventilation to exchange stale indoor air with fresh outdoor air.
According to WebMD.com, polluted air in a home can lead to coughing, chest tightness, sore throat, watery or itchy eyes, shortness of breath, and even a full-blown asthma attack. Living in a home with chronically poor air quality can trigger frequent headaches, long lasting colds, and bronchitis as well as chronic asthma.
Adequate home ventilation is critical to a healthy environment. People with asthma, allergies and other sensitivities breather easier with clean air. Adequate ventilation can improve indoor air quality by removing airborne irritants, pollutants and lowering the likelihood of mold and mildew. Managing humidity can also reduce irritation from things like dust mites, that thrive in moist areas. These microscopic creatures are a common cause of allergies.
Based on a recent survey, this infographic from Broan-Nutone outlines some of the things Americans know about indoor air quality in their homes.
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