Indoor Air Quality
According the the Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside our homes and buildings is a greater health hazard than outdoor air pollution. It is estimated that we spend up to 90% of our lives indoors, exposed to pollutants that circulate through a building’s ventilation system. These pollutants can include dust and dust mites, mold, pet dander, pollen, tobacco smoke, combustible exhaust and carbon monoxide. Not only that, but many construction materials can release a variety of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), exposing us to toxins that leech out of our floors, walls and ceilings.
A ventilation system acts as a building’s lungs, and it can filter out many of these pollutants but, too often, these systems are not adequately maintained. Because of this, it becomes our own lungs that are tasked with filtering these impurities out of the air. As this happens, these impurities become trapped within our bodies, causing us to become ill and disrupting our quality of life.