What We Breathe Matters! Giving Indoor Air Quality the Attention it Deserves
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There has been over 250 studies, articles, and reports that confirm the link between the air we breathe and multiple diseases including Asthma, COPD, Allergies, Corona Virus, Heart Disease, Diabetes, Cancer, Stroke, and Kidney disease. Some studies suggest that as much as 30% of the total burden of disease is linked to the air we breathe each day. This not only significantly impacts the cost of health care but also our livelihoods.
A lot of focus is on outdoor air quality, though indoor air is 2 to 5 times more polluted and we spend 90% of our time indoors. The indoor pollutants can be described in three categories:
- Gaseous Chemicals
- Microbial Growth
Current building codes fail to address indoor air quality by allowing under-performing filters, little to no humidity control, and minimal ventilation. Particulate can be removed with an adequate filter, Gaseous Chemicals can be diluted with increased ventilation, and Microbial growth can be mitigated with adequate humidity control.
It is time we give the 40 pounds of air we breathe each day the same attention as the 8 pounds of food and water we consume. We are proposing that building codes be changed so that HVAC systems support a MERV 13 filter, has increased ventilation, and has controls to maintain humidity near or below 50%, a level that inhibits microbial growth such as mold and other pests (i.e. dust mites).
Please Join us in our effort to reduce the needless suffering and unnecessary burden on the cost of health care by signing this petition.
If you would like to review our collection of summaries of the studies related to indoor air quality, please visit Air Allergen.
Here you can find the adverse health effects associated with poor IAQ, examples of indoor pollutants and their sources, and proven ways that you can do to improve your indoor air quality.
The synopsis of each of the 259 studies and reports can also be viewed.
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