Yes, Breathing Matters: The Importance of IAQ

The 70s saw the beginning of the race to save energy and carbon in the residential housing arena. This triggered homes built “tighter” to conserve energy. Unfortunately, the same tight construction started playing down the indoor air quality (IAQ) of homes because it reduced ventilation and shut indoor air pollutants inside homes.

And that kind of construction model could be making you sick.

While indoor air quality is not something most people, including you, think about, remember this: breathing clean air has a significant impact on your health.

Indoor Air Pollution is the Biggest Environmental Danger

The World Health Organization has recognized that indoor air pollution is a real problem, ranking it the top environmental danger facing the public. In fact, seven million people die each year (1 in 8 deaths) because of exposure to air pollution.

The Pollution is Worse Indoors

The indoor air pollutants largely come from indoor cooking stove fuels, such as coal, wood, and cow dung. Because of these sources, the quality of indoor air can be two to five times (even up to 100 times) more polluted than the worst of the outside air.

In fact, according to Kirk Smith, a professor of global environmental health in the US, said, “Having an open fire in your kitchen is like burning 400 cigarettes an hour.”

Some Serious Diseases are Linked to Poor Air Quality

Breathing the microscopic dirty particles can lead to the development of lung cancer. Lung cancer is particularly responsible for roughly six percent of the number of premature deaths caused by air pollution. The vast majority of deaths (69 percent), on the other hand, are due to stroke or heart disease.

Reducing the Effects and Preventing Indoor Pollution

Good indoor air quality starts with a solid construction that prevents air leakage and moisture penetration, as this prevents mould growth. Mechanical ventilation using exhaust fans is a must as well, as this gets rid of excess moist air in the home.

Finally, installing HVAC systems can help reduce indoor air pollution. Energy efficient ones, in particular, operate safely and cleanly, venting exhaust gasses separately to avoid the risk of hazardous fumes inside the home.

 

At Apex Airconditioning, we understand the effects of pollution on your health. Let us help you fight indoor air pollution and promote quality air in your home with our energy efficient HVAC systems. Work with us today!

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