While there is a great deal in the news and the media about outdoor air pollution, many homeowners need to look inside their residences with real concern. The Environmental Protection Agency reports that many homes have air that is two to five times as polluted as the outdoor air, even in industrial cities.

The reason for this new phenomenon has its roots in the energy crisis of the 1970s. Since that time, homes and offices are constructed to eliminate heat loss, eliminating many drafts and sources of fresh air. As a result, many homes rapidly accumulate large levels of pollutants and irritants that represent health hazards. These pollutants include mold spores, dust, dirt, and microscopic materials that come from furniture, pets and even drapes. 

As these contaminants are allowed to circulate, they create deposits in the lungs and breathing passage, causing everything from minor irritations to major allergies and even asthma. This becomes a problem rapidly as the average human breathes in 6,000 gallons of air a day. In fact, the rate of allergies and asthma in American children has grown at an alarming rate to reach historical highs. In some cases, indoor air quality is so bad it can cause fatal medical conditions.

Everyone homeowner must take steps to deal with this problem air, especially if they have young children in the home. The first step starts with a quality in-home air filtering system, available from any qualified Trane heating and air conditioning service company. Clean air is vital to good health, and it’s important to understand and deal with this growing problem of poor indoor air quality.

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