Many are unaware that pollution levels indoors (such as homes and offices) can be higher than outdoors.
People spend more time indoors than outdoors, and if the air quality is poor or bad, they could be breathing more polluted air than outside.
For this reason, your own health and that of your family could be at risk. Currently most illnesses or allergies are caused or aggravated by polluted indoor air.
In order to avoid headaches, lung irritation, fatigue, coughing, or even long-term conditions such as asthma, allergies, or infectious diseases, you must be in control of the quality of the air you breathe
AIR QUALITY DATA IN CLOSED SPACES
* People spend 75-90% of their time indoors.
* 50% of office buildings have contaminated air conditioning, heating and ventilation systems. If they are not properly maintained, they are a "breeding ground" for the development of fungi and bacteria.
* Each person inhales more than 3,500 gallons of air per day. Children inhale more particles due to their size than adolescents or adults
* Polluted air causes 94% of all respiratory problems.
* More than 31 million Americans have been diagnosed with asthma, about 1/3 of them are children under 18 years of age.
* About 40,000 mites can live in 1 ounce of dust.
* An estimated 10-15% of the world's population may be allergic to cat or dog hair.
* A person loses up to 700.00 skin particles per day.
TYPES OF INTERIOR POLLUTANTS
The "Particulates" are small particles suspended in the air. The most common are residential pollen, mites, and dust. The diameter of these particles is measured in microns and ranges from .001 to 1,000 microns. These dimensions represent a continuity from a few molecules to the size where the particles can no longer be suspended in the air. These particles can be removed from the air through filtration. Air filters differ in effectiveness according to the size of the particles they can trap.
These are bacteria, germs, viruses, fungi, spores, and mold. Although bacteria are microscopic in size they have an incredible ability to do horrible damage to all living organisms, including humans. Many common illnesses are caused by viruses like colds and flu. Microbes are living organizations that must be killed.
Many indoor odors and gases, such as benzene, formaldehyde, chloroform, ammonia, etc., are released by furniture, cabinets, carpet cleaning chemicals, copy machines, insulation, insecticides, etc.