You may recall the collective gasp of surprise heard across the United States more than a year ago, when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reported that pollutants may be two to five times higher – and sometimes even 100 times higher – indoors than outdoors.
You’ve got the right idea if you’ve been taking steps to improve your indoor air quality, especially because, as the EPA noted, most people spend the vast majority of their time indoors. As you continue to control irritants and pollutants at their source and improve the overall ventilation in your home, you and your family will reap the benefits. While some of these benefits overlap, it may help to keep them top-of-mind because healthy indoor air can:
- Save your life, literally. The three most potent indoor air pollutants are carbon monoxide and radon – silent but deadly gases – and secondhand smoke.
- Help you breathe easier, which affects every aspect of your life, whether or not you suffer from health problems. In fact, healthy indoor air can help keep you healthy in the first place.
- Provide relief from allergy symptoms, including coughing, sneezing and runny noses, and ear, nose and throat irritations. As allergy sufferers know, reducing the intensity of these symptoms can bring untold daily comfort.
- Curb asthmatic episodes and respiratory ailments as well as a host of other health issues, including dizziness, headaches, impaired vision and coordination, muscle weakness, nausea and digestive problems.
- Reduce mold and allergens, which in some people can trigger some of the symptoms listed above.
- Lead to better, more restful sleep.
- From a homeowner’s and especially home seller’s point of view, maintain or even improve a home’s resale value because a healthy home is more likely to retain its structural integrity while being free of infestations and mold.
The indoor air experts at Ross & Witmer would like to help you improve your home’s indoor air quality. Call us for an indoor air quality assessment to know where you stand and let Ross & Witmer help you figure out how to better your family’s health.