Facts About Indoor Air Quality
- According to the American Lung Association of Minnesota, elements within our home and workplaces have been increasingly recognized as threats to our respiratory health. The most common pollutants are radon, combustion products, biologicals (molds, pet dander, pollen), volatile organic compounds, lead dust and asbestos.
- The Environmental Protection Agency lists poor indoor air quality as the fourth largest environmental threat to our country.
- There are an estimated 42.6 million Americans living with hay fever and/or asthma. Learning how to control a home’s environment to reduce allergen levels is important for managing allergies and asthma. Individuals who suffer from asthma, or have other respiratory illness may potentially be at a greater risk for health complications associated with poor air quality in their homes.
- Asthma is a serious chronic respiratory disease that affects people of all ages. The number of people in Minnesota and nationwide with asthma has risen during the past two decades.
- In the house, poor indoor air quality can result in structural rot within the walls and attic and around window framing from excess moisture.
- Common pollutants can enter our houses through air leaks in the structure.
- Common housing problems or failures that occur in our homes include: musty odors and mold growth, window condensation, structural rot, peeling paint, backdrafting appliances, damp basements and ice dams, or build-up of ice on the roof’s edge, and high utility costs.