Americans, on average, spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors making indoor air quality very important. How healthy is your home?
Indoor air pollutants originate from both indoor sources (originating from inside the home/building) and outdoor sources (drawn into the home).
Indoor Sources include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Mold and pet dander
- Cleaning supplies, paints, and insecticides
- Combustion sources that release harmful byproducts such as carbon monoxide
- Building materials. For example, asbestos fibers released from building insulation.
Outdoor Sources include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Pollen, dust, and fungal spores
- Vehicle exhaust
For a more comprehensive list of factors affecting indoor air quality, please click here.
Let’s talk a little bit about radon! Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. This radioactive gas permeates through soil and rocks, and in most cases, enters your home through cracks and openings in foundations and flooring. Testing for radon in your home is a quick and easy process with little impact on you and your family. Radon Diva tests in Cincinnati, as well as Clermont, Warren, and Butler Counties and Northern Kentucky.
And before we close, we wanted to share an interesting fact and a graph that we learned about while reading the Indoor Air Quality section of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Report on the Environment:
Between 1990 and 2007, both the number of homes with radon mitigation systems and the number of homes needing mitigation increased. Homes with mitigation systems rose from 175,000 to 788,000, and homes needing mitigation increased from 6.4 million to 7.7 million due in part to an increase in housing stock, particularly in areas with the highest radon potential. Almost 90 percent of the nation’s homes with indoor radon levels at or above EPA’s action level do not have mitigation systems, though some of these homes have been built with new, radon-resistant construction features to reduce radon exposures.
Source: Please click here.
Test your home today! It’s important to your family’s health.