What do you know about home IAQ?
You're probably among the people who are aware that indoor air quality (IAQ) is an issue in many homes. Some research connects allergies and respiratory problems to it. But according to a national survey from Broan-NuTone and Kelton, many lack a practical understanding of the more overt indicators of unhealthy air.
See how you compare against the survey results:
- 90% of American homeowners realize that poor indoor air quality can contribute to certain health issues.
- A majority (60%) of homeowners know that indoor air quality has a greater impact on their health than outdoor air quality.
- Less than half of Americans (46%) recognize that a lack of a bathroom fan has a negative impact on indoor air quality, and only 42% recognize that a lack of a range hood also has a negative impact.
- They are much more aware of more visible threats to air quality, like smoking (74%) and having a pet (54%).
Adequate home ventilation is critical to a healthy environment. People with asthma, allergies and other sensitivities breather easier with clean air. Adequate ventilation can improve indoor air quality by removing airborne irritants, pollutants and lowering the likelihood of mold and mildew. Managing humidity can also reduce irritation from things like dust mites, that thrive in moist areas. These microscopic creatures are a common cause of allergies.
Simple solutions, including cleaning door mats, vacuuming once a week, washing sheets in hot water, adding house plants and limiting the use of high-VOC cleaning products can make the air in your home less potentially harmful.