Take a deep breath in….aaaaaand exhale out….
Now, think about the fact that you will do that approximately 22,000-25,000 times EACH DAY. That equates to 3,200 gallons of air you will breathe per day (about the same amount of gallons of water that’s in a 20’x40’ in-ground pool!).
Compare that to what you drink & eat.
- You drink an average of 3 ½ cups of liquid per day
- You eat an average of 5 ½ lbs. of food per day.
We put a lot of consideration in to the kinds of food & drink we put in our body, but do we do the same with the air we breathe?
The foods we eat come with Nutrition Information, or what I like to call, an “Ingredients Disclosure”. What if our house had the same thing? What would be listed in your home’s Ingredients Disclosure?
Studies show that the air in our homes are, at a minimum, 5 times more polluted than the air outside. And we are breathing 3,200 gallons of that air every day. What are you doing about that?
Some of the most common “solutions” actually make the indoor environment worse. Things like candles, plug in air fresheners & sprays actually add dangerous volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in to our home. Standard vacuums (without HEPA filtration), actually take the fine dirt particles & chemical compounds from the floor & introduce them in to the air. While you mean well, there’s a very good chance you are making the indoor environment less healthy.
According to the US EPA, improving IAQ involves a combination of Source Control & Ventilation. Source control means eliminating the source. Sometimes, this can be as simple as stop using and getting rid of the air fresheners, sprays, candles & plug ins.
Ventilation is a must. And, it is key to improving your indoor air quality. Installing a whole house ventilation system to flush out all that stagnant, polluted, unhealthy air will allow for fresher, cleaner air into the home. Removing indoor pollutants, such as asthma and allergy triggers, fumes from cleaning products, gases emitted from paint/carpet/etc. (VOCs), carbon dioxide, airborne particles, pet dander, smoke and odors from cooking, moisture from bathing, cooking, foundations etc. significantly improves the indoor air we breathe. We know enough to vent our bathrooms & kitchens with required exhaust ventilation systems.
The question is not whether to ventilate or not to ventilate. The question is, how much ventilation we need? A whole house mechanical ventilation system allows you to customize the amount of air exchanged in the home.
Our homes are not only our single biggest financial investment, but it is where we live, breathe, sleep & create memories. It’s time to give our homes the care & attention they need, our health depends on it.