More than likely, yes. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stated that levels of indoor air pollutants are often 2 to 10 times higher than outdoor pollutant levels and as many as 6 out of 10 homes and buildings are actually hazardous to human health. Alarmingly, in some cases these levels can exceed 100 times that of outdoor levels of the same pollutants. With the recent influx of stay at home workers, kids being homeschooled, and home occupants using more and more chemicals in the home, the EPA is advising home owners to invest in a high quality indoor air system if at all possible.
“With many people spending more than 90% of their time indoors, there needs to be an indoor air quality solution.”
The “State of the Air” 2020 shows that too many people in the United States live where the air is unhealthy for them to breathe. Unfortunately, for those that live in the DFW area we are one of them. DFW area counties all rank “F” in terms of their score of the quality of air we breathe. In general, this poor indoor air quality also leads to many allergy symptoms such as weakened immune systems, respiratory problems, etc. Specifically, children are susceptible to many health issues from contaminated indoor air because their lungs are so much smaller, and they have to take many breaths during the entire day. If you or your family suffers from allergies or asthma-related issues, your home may contain many unhealthy toxins and pollutants in the air or have more dust than normal.
Common indoor sources of pollutants include:
Cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting products (VOCs)
Gas cook stoves and heaters
Wood burning stoves and fireplaces
Mold, moisture, and chemicals from water damage
Asbestos, lead, and radon
According to the latest World Health Organization (WHO) report, 8 million people die every year globally because of air pollution. Among these, 4.3 million die because of air pollution from household sources. When you breathe harmful pollutants in these areas, it may stress your immune system, which then leads to several health conditions such as:
Premature death in people with heart or lung disease
Nonfatal heart attacks
Decreased lung function
What Can You Do?
The EPA provides various solutions on their website to improve poor indoor air quality. The top 3 they list include:
- Improving ventilation – Open windows whenever possible to let fresh air in.
- Get rid of gas stoves – Gas cookers making people sick and exposing tens of millions to air pollution levels that would be illegal if they were outside.
- Buy an air purifier or quality indoor air filter system – Having a good indoor air quality system in your house can help combat all the above. We can help you install the right UV light air purifier or air quality filter for your home.
Benefits of Custom Climates installing a UV light air purifier in your home:
- Reduces airborne pathogens such as mold, bacteria, viruses and odors
- Reduces harmful household VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) through an advanced absorptive photo-catalytic oxidation process
- More effective on complex VOCs such as formaldehyde than conventional PCO products
- Provides surface treatment of coils, heat-strips, & blowers unlike conventional PCO technology