GREEN CLEANING HAS HEALTH BENEFITS
The Health Benefits of Cleaning Products
The US Environmental Protection Agency did research that showed, on average, people spend about 90 percent of their time indoors. This means the majority of the air a person breathes comes from indoors. This means the air we breathe inside our homes and places of work can actually affect our health more than the air outside. So if you are worried about air quality outdoors, you should also be worried about air quality indoors. Air quality in your home is vital to your family’s health. Understanding what can be causing indoor air pollution in your home is important and learning effective ways to remove those pollutants.
Here are some of the startling statistics about your health and your indoor air quality.
- The Centers for Disease Control have noted a 60% increase in cases of children’s asthma from 1980 to 2003. Most experts attribute this rise to worsening air quality.
- The American Lung Association found that short-term increases (spanning from hours to days) in pollution is linked to an increased number of heart attacks and increased emergency room visits for patients suffering from acute respiratory ailments.
- The severity of asthma attacks in children and hospitalization among children also has been shown to increase as indoor air quality suffers.
- Year-round exposure to the pollution was linked to more severe health complications, including slowed lung function growth in children and teenagers, significant damage to the small airways of the lungs, and increased risk of death from lung cancer and cardiovascular disease.
When you clean your home you shouldn’t be contributing to toxic build-up and poor air quality. Green cleaning is a great way to help rid the home of potential toxins and pollutants while keeping it germ free. Green cleaning solutions and procedures eliminate the use of harsh, toxic chemicals that can cause pollution in the home while killing the germs in the home and leaving surfaces looking great.
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air can be two to five times more polluted than the air outside. In some cases, indoor air can be up to 50 times more polluted. Modern construction techniques have created buildings that are almost air tight allowing nothing to escape, including household pollution. Ironically, in many modern buildings, the outside air is often cleaner than the inside air because of the exceptional building techniques and sealing of homes.
So what can you do to ensure your home has the best air quality possible?
Source the problem: Become aware of potential sources of pollution and learn ways to reduce their emissions. We know that chemical cleaners can linger in the air and pose health hazards, so switching to green cleaning products can help limit your exposure. Also limit exposure to products and materials that contain VOCs. In many cases, removing the source of the pollution is a more cost-efficient approach to protecting indoor air quality than increasing ventilation because increasing ventilation can increase energy costs.
Better Ventilation: Increase the amount of outdoor air that comes inside to help lower the concentration of air pollutants. Most home heating and cooling systems do not bring fresh air into the home. Opening windows and doors, or using window fans and air conditioning units can increase the flow of fresh air inside.
Home Air Purification Systems: Purchasing a quality air purification system (like a HEPA system) can help decrease the amount of pollution in your home as well as filter allergens.
Take the first step to cleaner indoor air by utilizing a service like Envivia Clean that offers chemical-free, natural, and organic cleaning services.