is anywhere from 2 to 10 times more hazardous than outdoor air. In
fact, the EPA warns that the indoor air quality is the United
States' number one environmental health problem. As a result of the
toxic air we breathe, EPA studies have shown that billions of
dollars are spent annually for medication to help Americans breathe
or cure their respiratory illnesses.
Information given at the First Annual Air Quality convention
sponsored by EPA, April 1992, Tampa, Florida includes these facts:
Eleven million Americans have asthma.
Twenty-eight million have hay fever and other allergies.
20% of all employees have a major illness related to indoor air
pollution such as allergies, asthma, autoimmune diseases, etc.
The EPA estimates an 18% annual production loss to American business
due to poor indoor air quality.
40% of all buildings pose a serious health hazard due to indoor air
pollution, according to the World Health Organization.
The EPA says high levels of formaldehyde cause cancer
Scientists now recognize that pollutants, even at acceptable
concentration, combined together in an indoor environment have a
synergistic negative effect.
Every year at least 6,000 new chemical compounds are developed.
Many are used indoors every day, at home and at work. Add to these
pollutants the mold, mildew, bacteria, viruses, tobacco smoke,
grease, pollen, dirt, asbestos, lead and numerous other
contaminants that can affect our breathing and our health.
Then allow them to circulate in today's nearly airtight indoor
environment. No wonder our indoor air is, on average, two to ten
times as polluted as the worst outdoor air.
Viruses and bacteria that thrive in the ducts, coils, and recesses
of building ventilation systems have been proven to cause ailments
ranging from influenza to tuberculosis. Some HVAC systems have been
found to contain up to 27 species of fungi.
Other facts about the hazardous nature of our air include:
Asthma cases have increased by more than 100% since 1976.
About 1 in 9 children now have asthma.
Death rates due to asthma have tripled, and quintupled in children
ages 5 to 9, since 1976.
Hospitalization rates and doctor visits are still continuing to
According to the American College of Allergies, 50% of all illness
is aggravated or caused by polluted indoor air.
Today's homes and buildings are built air-tight, and contain a long
list of pollution sources. As a result, nature's air-cleansing
agents such as ozone and negative ions are kept out, while
contaminants are kept in.
A recent study found that the allergen level in super-insulated
homes is 200% higher than it is in ordinary homes.
According to Scientific American, a baby crawling on the floor
inhales the equivalent of 4 cigarettes a day, as a result of the
out gassing of carpets, molds, mildews, fungi, dust mites, etc.
Most people spend well over 90% of their time indoors. In which
case, indoor air is going to impact our health far more than
The EPA informs us that 6 out of 10 homes and buildings are "sick",
meaning they are hazardous to your health to occupy as a result of
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Asthma is a reversible disease and as long as it is controlled by the correct medication. Doing deep breathing exercises regularly will greatly help your ability to manage your asthma attacks.