How Clean is the Air in Your Home?

How clean is the air in your home? Have you given much thought to that before? You spend a lot of your time there but did you know the air you breathe inside might be more polluted than the air outside.

Spring is coming and so are the allergens. Improving your indoor air quality can also improve the quality of your life by reducing allergens and asthma causing particles. Purifying the air you breathe can reduce the germs and bacteria in your home. May Want To Read This Outside | The Huffington Post Chances are, you’re inside a building. In a classroom, at work, in a hospital or even at a retail store or restaurant. Most Americans spend an awful lot of time indoors – 90% by current estimates. While we are keenly aware of the smog and pollution that visibly affects our environment, many are unaware of the serious effects indoor pollution has on our physical and mental health and wellbeing. In developing countries, the air inside the home can even be more hazardous than outdoor air. In 2012, the World Health Organization linked 4.3 million deaths (primarily in Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific) to household air pollution from cooking over coal, wood and biomass stoves. Compare that to the 3.7 million deaths from outdoor air pollution worldwide. Indoor air pollution is even ranked as the 9th largest Global Burden of Disease risk.

We’re not in the clear in more developed countries. According to the EPA, exposure to indoor air pollutants such as radon, environmental tobacco smoke, lead and other contaminants result in a wide array of health issues, ranging from asthma to cancer. Indoor air quality affects our cardiovascular system, our vision, hearing, growth, and even our intelligence and learning. It appears that in an effort to cut energy costs during the oil embargo of the 1970s, buildings were subsequently constructed to be airtight and energy efficient. This decreased the ventilation in homes and buildings, leading to the emergence of sick building syndrome in the 1980s. Only recently have scientists linked everyday air pollution to a variety of maladies, from neuroinflammation and Alzheimer’s, to skin damage and aging. While the science spurs a revision in construction practices, here are five ways to help you breathe easy.

At Pasterkamp Heating & Air Conditioning we can repair your Denver air conditioner and we can improve the air quality in your home. Give us a call today and start breathing cleaner air in your home now!