The average person spends around 93% of their time indoors, which means that of the ~23,000 breaths that we take a day roughly 21,400 of them are taken indoors. So, naturally, indoor air quality is a big deal. So much so, that we decided to compile a list of 5 facts about indoor air quality that just might blow your mind.
Let's get to it. Here are 5 mind-blowing facts that you should know about indoor air quality.
#1) Indoor Air Pollutants Are Usually Invisible
Not only are allergens and indoor air pollutants usually invisible in the sense of how small they are. Dust mites are around 0.2 millimeters in size and mold spores can be as small as one micron in size.
That's not the invisible we're talking about here though, we're talking about air pollutants health effects being invisible. Sure, some indoor air pollutants (like dust mites) will have you sneezing away at all hours of the day, but what about all of those other indoor air pollutants like volatile organic compounds (VOCs)? Well, you may not actually feel some of the devastating effects of VOCs until it's too late.
In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that many of the health effects of indoor air pollutants are delayed for years. This includes things such as heart disease, respiratory issues, and even cancer. Yikes!
#2) Indoor Air Quality Kills More People Than You Think
Indoor air pollution is no joke. Besides the dust mites, dirt, and mold spores, there are also tons of other nasty things in the air like CO2 and VOCs that can severely affect your overall health.
In fact, there are over 3.8 million deaths a year attributed to indoor air pollutants. To put that into perspective, around 11% of all heart disease is attributed to indoor air pollutants -- that's a pretty significant number.
So, next time you think that your air quality in your home only has to do with allergens, remember that ~4 million people a year die from issues arising due to poor indoor air quality.
#3) Your Indoor Air is Probably Way More Polluted Than Outdoor Air
On average, your indoor air has 2 to 5 times the amount of pollutants that the outside air has. This means that, despite all of those factories pumping smoke and smog into the air, your indoor air quality is significantly worse.
The EPA estimates that, in some cases, that number is around 900 times the outdoor air. Of course, this is usually due to paint or paint stripper.
#4) Air Filters Can Help ... A Lot
Having proper air filtration is key in the fight against poor indoor air quality. You air filters alone can make a significant dent in all of those indoor pollutants.
In fact, one study that measured indoor air pollutants in India decided to test the efficiency of air filters on getting rid of pollutants.
It found that standard air filters were capable of removing around 70 - 90% of all pollutants that were in the carpet, bed, or air in the home.
The HEPA air filters in hospitals were effectively removing 99% of all pollutants.
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And, when you're looking at how bad the indoor air quality is in most homes and the number of deaths attributed to poor indoor air quality, air filtration is kind of a big deal.
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