Why is Healthy Indoor Air Important
Humans breathe about 3000 gallons (11,300 liters) of air each day. People spend up to 90% of their time indoors, and indoor air can be 2-5 times more contaminated than outdoor air. The constituents in indoor air include biological contaminants such as bacteria, virus, and mold – and chemical constituents such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Sources of contamination are all around us – from the people we interact with to the materials we use every day such as cleaning solutions, air fresheners and health and beauty aids. In addition, new materials such as carpets and furniture give off VOCs.
The impacts from airborne contaminants can be significant on the human body. Respiratory, reproductive, gastrointestinal, renal and other health issues can occur due to air contaminants.