- The average person takes in about 15 kilograms of air each day compared with 2.5 kilograms of liquid and 1 kilogram of food.
- Based on studies by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA);
- Billions of dollars are spent annually for medication to help Americans breathe or cure their respiratory illnesses.
- Eleven million Americans have asthma.
- Twenty-eight million have hay fever and other allergies.
- Physicians are now discovering that the solution to the problems of many of these people is not in medicine but in reducing the pollutants in the air they breathe.
- 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.
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DID YOU KNOW?… AIR IS THE BASIC ESSENTIAL OF LIFE!
- We draw 12,000 litres (that’s over 3,000 gallons) of air into our lungs. We breathe in and out 20,000 times each day, yet we don’t spend much time in the fresh forest air.
- On the contrary, we spend 90% of our time indoors.
- While we pay attention to our health when considering our diet most of us are indifferent to the quality of the air that we breathe.
POTENTIAL CONSEQUENCES OF IMPURE AIR
- The air which we breathe is full of harmful substances, and conditions worsen everyday.
- House dust, mites, pollen, animal dander, tobacco smoke and other impurities encourage allergic reactions and respiratory diseases.
- Dry air increases the number of particles that circulate around the home.
- Therefore, properly humidified air prevents particles from travelling around the home.
POTENTIAL CONSEQUENCES OF POORLY HUMIDIFIED AIR:
- irritated nasal passage,
- tightened respiratory track,
- lung damage,
- skin irritation
FACTS AND STATISTICS ABOUT INDOOR AIR QUALITY
- So here’s some facts and statistics about indoor air quality that help justify air duct cleaning…
- Indoor air pollution is ranked among the top 5 environmental dangers to the public. (EPA)
- The levels of some hazardous pollutants in indoor air have been found to be up to 70 times greater than in outdoor air.
- Studies have shown that 2 out of 3 indoor air quality problems involve the HVAC and Air Duct System.
- 20% of all illnesses are either caused by, or aggravated by, polluted indoor air. (American College of Allergists)
- Most people spend 60% to 90% of their time indoors. (American Lung Association & EPA)
- Children and the elderly are more susceptible to polluted indoor air. (Department of Consumer Affairs)
- The average 6-room house collects 40 pounds of dust each year. (Discover Magazine)
HAYFEVER HAS LITTLE OR NOTHING TO DO WITH HAY!
- Hay fever is based on a major misunderstanding of the human immune system.
- The allergy sufferer’s defence system protects against pollen, which, in theory, is neither dangerous nor harmful to the majority of people.
- In effect, the defence system makes a bad decision. It thinks that it is threatened and fights against the pollen with all available resources.
THE AIR IN A BUSY STREET IS TWENTY TIMES BETTER THAN IN YOUR OFFICE!
- We spend 90% of our time indoors where there is up to 20 million particles in 10 cubic feet of room air.
- The consequences dry or impure air has on our health can be severe.
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency classifies indoor air pollution as one of the five most dangerous environmental threats to our health.
- Air purification and humidification must play a key role in our efforts to obtain the optimum room climate for the protection of our health.
YOU WILL PERFORM BEST AT HUMIDITY LEVELS BETWEEN 40% AND 60%!
- When room humidity is at an ideal level, we feel good.
- We are better able to concentrate and the number of errors and accidents is reduced dramatically.
- Medical experts recommend a relative-air-humidity between 40 and 60 percent.
- At these levels our senses tell us the air in the room is ideally humidified.
- This humidity level also is ideal for our health, for the animals and plants in the room, for furniture, musical instruments and much more.
PREVENTATIVE MEASURES CAN DELAY OR AVERT THE ONSET OF AN ALLERGY!
- With around 50% (!) of children presenting an increased hereditary risk, preventive measures can influence the onset of an allergy.
- Apart from establishing the family’s allergy history and ensuring a good diet for the newborn baby and expectant mothers, preventive measures must also include the avoidance, elimination or reduction of environmental factors such as;
- tobacco smoke,
- animal hairs,
- dust mites,
- spores; and