Despite the many adverse affects known to be associated with indoor air pollution, over half of all Americans are unaware that poor indoor air quality (IAQ) is one of the top five most urgent environmental risks to public health. Rotobrush International, LLC, a leading HVAC industry manufacturer of air duct cleaning equipment supplies and video inspection systems and its partner AirAdvice for Homes, a leading HVAC industry provider of IAQ monitoring devices, are encouraging HVAC contractors to educate their clients on improving indoor air quality this spring for better client health and service sales.
“New homes are now built ‘tighter’ due to more energy efficient building codes, and a certain percentage of existing homes have been weatherized. These types of homes are more likely to trap indoor contaminants,” said Lane Jeffryes, CEO and President of Rotobrush® International. “Contaminants are usually invisible and often odorless, so you cannot tell through your senses what is there. The first step for contractors is to identify if there is an issue, which bridges to the next step of showing the homeowner exactly which services they can provide to fix it. The AirAdvice for Homes monitoring system provides assistance with both of these steps, and is offered exclusively in our air duct cleaning machine packages.”
“AirAdvice for Homes has monitored more than 60,000 U.S. homes over the past five years, and we know from our research that 97% of homes tested have lower than acceptable levels of IAQ,” said Don Aultman, CEO and President of AirAdvice for Homes. “Paired with the fact that 96% of homeowners are willing to purchase products to improve IAQ, especially once provided with a professional analysis of the problem and a recommended solution, contractors can boost their bottom line through simple client education.”
The AirAdvice for Homes monitor identifies these IAQ issues. Contractors place the monitor in a home, where it continually measures and transmits data for a week concerning six areas of air quality (temperature, humidity carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, particulates and volatile organic compounds such as chemicals and odors) to the AirAdvice for Homes data center. Contractors log into the company’s website to generate comprehensive reports from the data gathered, diagnosing IAQ issues and providing solutions. They can then share these reports and solutions with the homeowner as part of their IAQ services.
Since 1990, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has consistently ranked indoor air pollution as one of the top five environmental risks to public health. Among the EPA's findings:
- In nine out of 10 homes (91%), particle allergen levels (dust, dander, pollen, bacteria, spores and smoke) are outside the recommended range.
- Each year, 342,000 lives are claimed by lung disease overall.
- Around the world, a death occurs every 20 seconds due to poor indoor air quality; each day in America alone, 11 people die from asthma.
- Since 1980, the asthma death rate for children under 19 years old has increased by nearly 80%.
- Spending on medications to relieve allergy and asthma symptoms stands at over $5 billion a year.
- During each minute of the more than 21 hours we spend inside our homes and other indoor spaces each day, we breathe an average of 12 to 20 times per minute, taking in one to two gallons of air.
- Each of those 12 to 20 breaths per minute—or in the case of children, an average of 16 to 30 breaths per minute—contain not only the oxygen we need to stay alive, but also any airborne pollutants that may be present.
- Indoor air pollution levels are typically two to five times greater than outdoor levels, and occasionally even 25 to 100 times greater.
In response to the realization of the breadth of indoor air quality problems in homes, AirAdvice conducted research for its "State of Our Indoor Air Report," to determine key indicators of indoor air quality problems within homes. Among the telltale signs are:
- excessive dust
- "stuffy" rooms
- some roooms feel hot or cold
- some rooms feel hot or cold when the rest of the house feels comfortable
- moisture on window panes
- mildew (musty) smell in your home
- Family members often sneeze, feel lethargic, or have dry skin
- In-room air cleaners are in use in the home
- air fresheners or scented candles are used to improve the smell in the home.