According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Americans spend over 90% of their lives indoors and during the current COVID-19 “stay at home” orders that percentage has grown significantly. Spending less time outdoors and more time indoors has raised other health concerns especially for our more vulnerable populations. Many of our Broomfield-area customers are surprised to learn that the air inside of our homes and workplaces are approximately five to ten times more polluted than the air found outside.
This problem can be attributed to the way modern homes are built. Tighter fitting construction materials and more stringent building codes have been purposely designed to increase a building’s ability to retain heated and cooled air. The consequence is that stale air, nasty odors, viruses, household chemicals, mildew, microbes, pollen, mold and other sinus and lung irritants become trapped, where it circulates over and over. This can lead to eye irritation, sinus congestion, sneezing, runny nose, stuffiness, colds, flu, headaches, dizziness, allergies and asthma, sore throats, and various other respiratory ailments.
Other gas-emitting chemicals and volatile organic chemicals (VOC’s) like carbon monoxide (the “silent assassin”), radon, and formaldehyde are also common to many of the structures where we spend the majority of our time.
This issue is so serious and prevalent that environmentalists have coined a new term for it—IAQ or Indoor Air Quality. Today’s homeowners need to become more aware of the importance of IAQ and what they can do about it.
You can improve the quality of air that we breathe in your Broomfield, CO home by making a few relatively inexpensive upgrades. Upgrading the quality of the filters that stop the particles floating in your indoor air is an obvious one. However, there are more measures that you can take. Adding outdoor ventilation will help to dilute the stale and contaminated air. Additionally, introducing an air purifier that utilizes proven purification technologies is the most effective and noticeable upgrade you can make.