All kinds of activities contribute to polluting the air we breathe. In addition to industrial causes of pollution, day-to-day activities such as driving, filling your car with gas, dry cleaning, and using household paint can release gases and particles to the air. The condition of your basement or crawlspace also contributes to the air quality in the rest of the home.
mold spores & radon gases can be found in your own home. In high enough concentrations, these pollutants can harm our homes as well as our families. The highest average concentrations of these pollutants are typically found in our crawlspaces and basements.
Why good air quality is important
The average adult breathes over 3,000 gallons of air every day. Children breathe even more air per pound of body weight and are more susceptible to air pollution. The elderly are also more sensitive to air pollution because they have a higher chance of heart or lung disease.
Dangers of poor indoor air quality
People exposed to high enough levels of certain air pollutants may experience burning in their eyes, an irritated throat, or breathing difficulties. Long-term exposure to air pollution can cause cancer and long-term damage to the immune, neurological, reproductive, and respiratory systems. In extreme cases, it can even cause death.