According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “people spend 90% of their time indoors.” But what you may not realize is that the air you’re breathing inside your home can contain mold, mildew and other airborne allergens. So before you come down with irritated skin, itchy or watery eyes, or have trouble breathing it’s time to have an indoor air quality system installed. After all, springtime allergies are bad enough, right?
Indoor Air Pollution Can Be Lethal
Carbon monoxide. Secondhand smoke. Radon gas. These three indoor air pollutants take the lives of thousands of people each year – making them the three most lethal. As a result of carbon monoxide poisoning over 400 people die and thousands are hospitalized annually. Coming in second is radon gas. It’s colorless and odorless characteristics make it extremely difficult to detect. After cigarette smoke, radon gas is the second largest cause of lung cancer. Secondhand smoke takes the crown hospitalizing nearly 15,000 people each year with respiratory infections and cardiovascular and lung illnesses.
How To Prevent Polluted Air Inside Your Home
There are a number of ways you can eliminate air pollution, or at least keep it to a minimum:
- The first, and maybe the most obvious solution is to keep all smoking to the outdoors. There is no safe level of secondhand smoke, so ask smokers to go outside.
- If you don’t already have one, install a carbon monoxide detector. But don’t just set it and forget it, test the batteries each month to make sure it’s working properly.
- Since Radon is known as an “invisible killer” you should have your house tested periodically. It’s a quick and inexpensive way to make sure you’re breathing clean air.
- The most effective measure is to have an indoor air quality system installed. That’s where we come in!
The experts at Aspen Air Conditioning have been providing South Florida homes with cleaner, fresher air for decades. Interested in having an IAQ system installed in your home? Give us a call at 561-395-1500 to find out how we can help!