This is an eye-opening statistic that is in general a newer way of life in our modern world. Not many generations ago, families spent more time outdoors on a daily basis, away from the toxins that could be inside their homes.
Today, we are a society that functions mostly indoors, in closed spaces, away from nature. While this may seem like it's not a big deal, it is.....
Researchers have found indoor air to be MUCH MORE polluted than most outdoor air.
Part of this is due to the fact that our homes are extremely sealed up and very little air is coming in or going out. This means we are breathing the air that has been recycled throughout our home for most of the day. It also means toxins like Formaldehyde (which is generally in every home) don't have a chance to dissipate.
Our indoor air quality is affected by
the building materials used in our homes (carpet, paint, laminate flooring, countertops, sub-floor, insulation)
the products we bring into our home (cleaning supplies, plastics, manufactured furniture), and
the habits we have in our home (poor ventilation, wearing shoes indoors, changing HVAC filters infrequently)
Better Air. Fewer Toxins.
It doesn't have to be overwhelming to try and improve your indoor air quality at home. Often times there are simple things that can be done. My goal is to help homeowners create an indoor environment that is healthy. A healthy house is like a safe haven from the world's toxins and chemicals that affect our bodies. The more we can reduce pollution in the indoor air, the more our bodies can rest and begin to heal from the polluted air we breathe.
Simple steps allow you to take control of your indoor air and improve it more and more as time goes by. I love helping homeowners identify the problems and show them simple solutions. As we fix a home and improve the air quality I can show you more technical solutions that can help sustain a health house with healthy indoor air quality.
I offer many ways for homeowners to learn about the toxins that affect indoor air through my online learning systems, free resources and home evaluation tools.
If you're looking for the perfect place to get started, I recommend this e-course that sends walk-through instructions to your inbox.
Knowing the Basics Can Help
What is Indoor Air Quality?
Indoor air quality (IAQ) is the air quality within buildings and structures. It refers to the amount of pollution in the air caused by dust, mites, mold spores, radon, gasses from chemicals, and chemicals from building materials.
Why does indoor air quality matter?
Our health depends greatly on the air we breathe. Many of the particles we breathe in can become embedded in lung tissue and enter the bloodstream. Asthma in children has become a huge problem that stems primarily from the air we breathe.
What are health symptoms of poor indoor air quality?
Health symptoms from breathing in polluted air vary greatly depending on the house and the individual. Most common symptoms include: asthma, increase in respiratory infections, headaches, nervous system disorders, and learning and behavioral issues in children. Some indoor air pollutants have even been linked to cancer.
How can I improve my indoor air quality?
Knowing what’s in your air is half the battle
The best way to being improving your air quality is by understanding what needs to be fixed. You can't make changes unless you know WHAT to change. And you certainly can't remove toxins that you don't know are in your air at home.
This is why I am a big supporter of Foobot, the indoor air quality monitor that works with your smart phone in order to detect toxins and moisture in your air at home. Foobot will notify you of VOC, humidity and dust levels, allowing you the chance to improve these areas of your indoor air.