Healthy air systems have become the new “standard equipment.”
Americans are spending over 90% of their time indoors where the air can be 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air.
Indoor air quality is becoming more important than ever as people are spending more time indoors; thus, healthy air systems will be a priority necessary for homes.
Americans are spending more time indoors than ever—over 90% according to one EPA-funded study. While the comforts of the 21st century have certainly made indoor time more enjoyable, indoor air quality (IAQ) has become more important than ever, especially given the fact the indoor air can be 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air.
Modern construction techniques have made leaky homes a thing of the past, but tightly-built, energy-efficient homes can carry their own built-in disadvantage—airborne toxins have no way to escape. As Healthy House Institute founder, John Bower, bluntly puts it, “Walking into a modern building can sometimes be compared to placing your head inside a plastic bag that is filled with toxic fumes.” Is Bower exaggerating? The EPA doesn’t think so and ranked indoor air quality the 4th biggest environmental threat in the U.S. In fact, also according to the EPA, a six room house in a single year will collect an average of 40 pounds of dust which can be laced with up to 45 toxic chemicals.
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