The Clean Indoor Air Alliance
The Importance of Clean Air In
How do I improve the air in
How Healthy or Hazardous is
the Air in my Home?
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You Drink Fresh Water. Why Not Breathe Fresh Air?
Doctors and health experts suggest you should drink approximately two quarts of
water every day to maintain optimum body conditions. And in response, over $7 billion
dollars and climbing is spent annually on bottled water.
By comparison, you inhale approximately 15,000 (or more) quarts of air each day.
While drinking clean water is absolutely important, shouldn't breathing clean air
be important to maintain a healthy lifestyle?
Is Indoor Air Pollution a Real Problem?
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ranks indoor air pollution among the top
five environmental dangers to the public and identifies it as one of the leading
health risks today. The EPA estimated that pollution levels indoors could be two
to five higher than the pollution levels outdoors. And on occasion, indoor air can
be as much as 100 times more polluted.
Why the Increase in Indoor Air Pollution?
The quality of indoor air has substantially deteriorated over the last 30 to 40
years, and it has occurred because of how homes are now constructed. Today, homes
are sealed much tighter, and air cannot escape. So, the air inside your home stays
warm in the winter and cool in the summer. "Tight homes" are more energy efficient,
but they also lock in allergens, toxins, and infectious agents.
How Dangerous is Indoor Air Pollution?
Research studies have found that more people today feel less healthy than at any
other time. Also, more people suffer from asthma, allergies, and other respiratory
diseases than ever before. Why? Because people over that last 30 to 40 years have
been breathing an increasing amount of damaging particles while indoors.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children are extremely vulnerable
to these damaging particles found inside homes. As an infant, you breathe in these
particles. Rather than exhaling them out, they embed themselves into your lungs
and absorb into your blood stream. Once absorbed, they do not leave your body. Instead,
they build up throughout adulthood in your body.
These dangerous particles have been blamed for the irritations you may get in your
eyes, nose, and throat. They produce headaches, fatigue, and occasionally nausea.
In extreme cases, due to long-term exposure, they've been suspected of causing damage
to your liver, kidneys, and central nervous system.
Contact your nearest CIA² Specialist
and find out how safe the air in your home is for you and your family.