How Much Do You Know About Air Quality?
- The Environmental Protection Agency ranks poor indoor air quality among the top 5 environmental risks to public health. Interestingly, 5 out of 10 Americans are not aware of this fact.
- Levels of air pollution inside the home can be 7 to 10 times higher (and occasionally 100 times higher) than outdoor levels.
- 81 million Americans live in areas with unhealthful short-term levels of particle pollution and 66 million live in areas with chronically unhealthful levels of particle pollution.
- Air pollution contributes to lung disease, which claims close to 341,500 lives in America every year and is the 3rd – leading cause of death in the U.S., ranking only behind heart disease and cancer.
- Asthma can be triggered by either indoor or outdoor air pollution.
- Nearly 75% of Americans live with someone who has allergies, asthma, emphysema or another respiratory illness.
- More than 70% of Americans have forced air heating and/or central in their homes. Yet nearly 50% do not change the filter in their HVAC units as recommended. And 10% have never replaced their filter in their HVAC unit.
- More than 50% of Americans are not aware that forced air heating & air conditioning units should be inspected annually by a professional.
- Only 27% of Americans have carbon monoxide detectors in their homes.
All information sourced directly from the: EPA, American Lung Association, & American Medical Association