The average person spends 80% of their day indoors.
This is an eye-opening statistic that is in general a newer way of life in our modern world. Not many generations ago, families spent more time outdoors on a daily basis, away from the toxins that could be inside their homes.
Today, we are a society that functions mostly indoors, in closed spaces, away from nature. While this may seem like it’s not a big deal, it is…..
Researchers have found indoor air to be MUCH MORE polluted than most outdoor air.
- the building materials used in our homes (carpet, paint, laminate flooring, countertops, sub-floor, insulation)
- the products we bring into our home (cleaning supplies, plastics, manufactured furniture), and
- the habits we have in our home (poor ventilation, wearing shoes indoors, changing HVAC filters infrequently)
Better Air. Fewer Toxins.
It doesn’t have to be overwhelming to try and improve your indoor air quality at home. Often times there are simple things that can be done. My goal is to help homeowners create an indoor environment that is healthy. A healthy house is like a safe haven from the world’s toxins and chemicals that affect our bodies. The more we can reduce pollution in the indoor air, the more our bodies can rest and begin to heal from the polluted air we breathe.
Simple steps allow you to take control of your indoor air and improve it more and more as time goes by. I love helping homeowners identify the problems and show them simple solutions. As we fix a home and improve the air quality I can show you more technical solutions that can help sustain a health house with healthy indoor air quality.
I offer many ways for homeowners to learn about the toxins that affect indoor air through my online learning systems, free resources and home evaluation tools.
Knowing the Basics Can Help
What is Indoor Air Quality?
Indoor air quality (IAQ) is the air quality within buildings and structures. It refers to the amount of pollution in the air caused by dust, mites, mold spores, radon, gasses from chemicals, and chemicals from building materials. It can be controlled through healthy habits like reducing moisture. Indoor Air Quality can also be controlled through limiting the introduction of toxins and chemicals in products and home goods.
What are health symptoms of poor indoor air quality?
Health symptoms from breathing in polluted air vary greatly depending on the house and the individual. Most common symptoms include: asthma, increase in respiratory infections, headaches, nervous system disorders, and learning and behavioral issues in children. Some indoor air pollutants have even been linked to cancer.
Why does indoor air quality matter?
Our health depends greatly on the air we breathe. Many of the particles we breathe in can become embedded in lung tissue and enter the bloodstream. Asthma in children has become a huge problem that stems primarily from the air we breathe at home. Airborne particles that enter our air through dust and chemicals are often ingested, leading these toxins straight to the bloodstream, affecting the body as a whole.
Places to Get Started
Humidity Levels to Improve Indoor Air
Higher humidity levels allow toxins, VOCs and chemicals to off-gas at a much higher rate. Keeping your home’s humidity levels around 35% is ideal to make sure your indoor air is free of excess toxins and dust mites.
Monitor Your Air and Stay Informed
If you’re unsure of what’s in your air at home it’s impossible to know how to improve it. Understanding what’s affecting the air, whether it’s humidity levels, dust, VOCs or other toxins can give you the insight you need to make healthy changes.
Be the "Keeper of Your Home"
As the “keeper of your home” make sure your intentional and diligent about what is introduced to your home environment. Limiting items that contain harmful chemicals and toxins can help you keep your indoor air quality healthy.