When you think of “air pollution”, you probably picture an overpopulated city clouded with smog. But did you know that the same type of pollution is happening inside of your own home, right now?
It’s true. In fact, the air in most of our homes is worse than even the dirtiest of cities – up to five times worse. It’s not getting the national attention that it deserves, but indoor air pollution can have some serious side effects on your health.
Just take a look at some of these facts and figures:
- The Environmental Protection Agency listed indoor air pollution as one of their top five environmental risks to public health.
- 96% of homes tested in North America had at least one problem with air quality.
- Whether in the office, at school, shopping, or at home, we spend about 90% of our time indoors.
- Common sources of harmful chemicals include cleaning products, pesticides, paints, candles, and ironically – air fresheners.
- Indoor air pollution is linked to health conditions such as COPD, pneumonia, heart disease, and lung cancer.
- The World Health Organization states that more than 4 MILLION people prematurely die every year from symptoms associated with indoor air pollution.
- Biological pollutants such as pet dander, mold, dust mites, and pollen all promote poor indoor air quality.
One of the most surprising places in your home that many of these contaminants hide is inside of your HVAC ducts. If you haven’t had the air ducts in your home cleaned within the past five years (or ever), they could be contributing to your indoor air pollution.