In general, indoor air is four to five times more polluted than outdoor air. Approximately 87% of American homeowners are unaware of indoor air pollution.
There’s more in the air than your eye can see particles, dust and smoke, all of them potential triggers for asthma and allergy attacks. At that size, allergens can get deep into your lungs because they aren’t filtered well by your nose and throat.
DID YOU KNOW?
According to a study by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, indoor air contaminants are responsible for or aggravate half of all illnesses.
Poor indoor air quality negatively affects more than 15 million Americans who have asthma and the 28 million who suffer from hay fever and other allergies.
It is recommended we drink approximately two quarts of clean water each day. By comparison, we inhale approximately 15,000 quarts of air each day.
More than 15 million Americans are estimated to have asthma, including one in 13 school-age children.
Because they breathe faster than adults, children inhale 50% more air per pound of body weight than adults and are especially sensitive to air quality problems.
Here are allergy experts’ tips for managing allergies and asthma in the home:
Control dust mites — Use anti-dust mite covers and wash sheets in hot water at least once a week; 130 degrees is recommended.
Eliminate mold sources – Fix leaky pipes and keep bathroom grout clean.
Stay smoke-free — Avoid non-ventilated, smoky rooms and second-hand smoke.
Avoid pet dander — Keep pets off the furniture, out of the bedroom, and if necessary, consider taking the pet out of the home.
Close doors and windows — Keep windows and doors shut to keep outdoor pollens, molds and irritants outside.
Install a whole-house air cleaner — An air cleaning system, such as Trane CleanEffects™ removes airborne particles and allergens too tiny for your nose and mouth to filter naturally.