The Risk to Children
Those exposed to indoor air pollutants for the longest periods are often the most susceptible. Children are especially affected because they breathe faster, inhale more air per unit of body weight and are closer to the ground where concentrations are higher. The elderly, asthmatics and the chronically ill, especially those with respiratory or cardiovascular disease, are likely to be much more sensitive to indoor pollutants.
22,000 BREATHS A DAY!
A normal healthy adult breathes about 425 cubic feet of air every day. From 40,000 to 70,000 tiny airborne particles contaminate every breath we take, and we take and average of 22,000 breaths a day! Yes, we breathe an incredible 32 pounds of dirty, particulate-filled air every 24 hours.
Scientists say as many as 100 million particles of dirt per cubic foot pollute the atomosphere of any typical industrial city. What’s more the dirt particles often carry in more serious troublemakers……bacteria, viruses, and allergens that cause many infectious diseases and eye-watering nose-twitching allergies.
The air you breathe weighs by pounds and ounces 7 times more than the food you eat. It is contaminated by many kinds of foreign matter, dust, and lint, pollens and all sorts of hideous organic materials. Highway dust, fuel offcastings, industrial and commercial pollutants all contribute to the contamination we breathe.
Your respiratory system should never be burdened with polluted air any more than your digestive system should be insulted with contaminated food and water.
INDOOR AIR FACTS
- 50% of all illness are either caused or aggravated by polluted indoor air.
- One out of six people who suffer from allergies do so because of the direct relationship to the fungi and bacteria in the air duct systems.
- Legionnair’s Disease was spawned in air conditioning ducts. It killed 29 people in 1976 and at least seven people in 1988.
- Children are more likely than adults to be affected by polluted indoor air – they breathe faster, inhale more air per unit of body weight and are closer to the ground where concentrations are higher.
- The elderly, asthmatics, and people with breathing problems, allergies and lung diseases are also likely to be more sensitive to pollutants.
- Most people spend 60-90% of their time indoors.
- Indoor is found to be up to 70 times more polluted than outdoor air.