Do You Have Indoor Allergies?
No doubt allergies and asthma can affect how you live your everyday life. There is so much misleading information out there on dust mites, dirt, fungus, allergies, mold, pets, carpet versus hard surface and how to control or treat allergies.
So we dedicated this page:
- to helping you understand why indoor air quality is so important to your health.
- to offer tips on how to improve your indoor air quality and reduce indoor allergens to remove the source of your symptoms.
- to educate you on the professional services we offer and why you can trust Referral to keep your home clean, healthy, comfortable and happy.
The Air Inside Most Fort Wayne Homes
Is More Polluted Than Outside Air
When we think of air pollution, we usually associate it with outdoor air. But with the growing concerns of allergies and asthma more attention has been given to indoor air. In fact, in 1990 the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ranked indoor air pollution as “a high priority public health risk.”
Indoor air quality in the home plays a major role in your respiratory health, particularly if you suffer from asthma or allergies. Research by the American Lung Association and the Environmental Protection Agency has determined that the inside of most American homes contains two to five times more pollutants than outside air.
During the 1960’s and 1970’s much of our nation’s focus was on the pollution of our outdoor environment. Concern for fuel economy in the early 1970’s led to changes in construction techniques and building design to prevent the loss of temperature-controlled air from buildings. Airtight structures keep air inside, but they also prevent the flow of fresh air from outside. The Indoor Air Quality Association says studies have shown we spend 90 percent of our lives inside a closed structure.
Many people with allergies stay indoors when outdoor air is full of pollen and spores. But dust mites, animal dander and even cockroaches can cause problems indoors. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, eight out of ten people in the United States are exposed to house dust mites, and six out of ten are exposed to cat or dog dander. Cockroaches cause allergic reactions among people who live in the inner cities or southern parts of the United States.
There is a growing amount of scientific data that reveals better environmental hygiene improves health. The Environmental Protection Agency has consistently ranked indoor air pollution among the top five environmental risks to public health, and according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, “50 percent of all illnesses are caused by or aggravated by polluted indoor air.”