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15 Fun Facts: Indoor Air

What You Probably Didn’t Know

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As a Chadds Ford air conditioning company, we often stress the importance of indoor air quality. Since most of your time is spent indoors (and much of it in your home), it’s important to keep the air that you breathe clean. That’s why we offer indoor air quality testing.

Here are some things you may not have known about indoor air:

1. Every day, the average American breathes in nearly 3,000 gallons of air.

2. Many household cleaning agents, furnishings, pesticides, and other common items contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can cause health problems.

3. Each American spends about 90% of their time indoors, which means we breath indoor air much more than outdoor air.

4. The EPA has listed indoor air quality as one of the top five environmental risks to public health.

5. Pet dander (especially cat dander) is small and sticky, so it adheres to everything in your home. Keep your indoor air clean by vacuuming and dusting often.

6. The average quality of indoor air is two- to five-times as polluted as outdoor air.

7. According to the EPA, women who work at home have a 54% higher death rate than women who work outside the home.

8. Indoor air pollution can be decreased by switching to cleaner, more efficient fuels.

9. Nearly 2 million people die prematurely from an illness that can be traced to indoor air pollution from household solid fuel use.

10. Around 40,000 dust mites can be found in every one ounce of dust in your air.

11. Each year, about 4.2 million U.S. children and more than 12.4 million people total are affected by asthma, which can be worsened with poor indoor air quality.

12. Around 99% of airborne particles are smaller than 1 micron (1 millionth of a meter). They remain airborne and never settle because of how small they are.

13. There are more than 250 harmful chemicals in secondhand tobacco smoke, and at least 69 are known to cause cancer.

14. Nearly every home (96%) has at least one indoor air quality problem.

15. Home appliances that use gas, wood, or fuel can produce harmful products like carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide.

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