Portland, OR (PRWEB) June 19, 2007
Data released in the AirAdvice State of Our Indoor Air Report 2007, a landmark report developed by AirAdvice Inc. based on the analysis of 49,130 indoor air quality tests conducted in homes across North America, shows that people in 9 out of 10 American homes are breathing unhealthy indoor air.
Overall, 96.7% of all homes tested had at least one of six indoor air quality (IAQ) problems analyzed in the AirAdvice study -- particle allergens, chemical pollutants, carbon dioxide, temperature, humidity, and carbon monoxide.
Most homes had multiple indoor air problems. Eighty-three percent of all homes tested exhibited two or more of the six problem types; nearly half (49.8%) had three or more problems; 18.9% had four or more.
The most rampant indoor air quality problem in North American homes is particle allergens (e.g., dust, dander, pollen, spores, bacteria, and other airborne pollutants). Over 91% of homes tested showed elevated particle allergen levels. Occupants of homes with elevated particle allergen levels are at risk for adverse symptoms and diseases including asthma and allergies. According to the American Lung Association, in 2004 an estimated 30.2 million Americans -- more than 1 in every 10 people -- had been diagnosed with asthma in their lifetime.
Chemical pollutant problems were the second-most frequent type of problem found. Elevated chemical pollutant levels were found in 7 out of 10 homes (70%). Some chemical pollutants are known carcinogens (cancer-causing).
Carbon dioxide, temperature, and humidity levels were outside recommended ranges in many homes -- 45%, 30%, and 49%, respectively. Carbon monoxide, a clear, odorless, and potentially deadly gas, was found at elevated levels in 2% of homes.
About the AirAdvice State of Our Indoor Air Report 2007
The AirAdvice State of Our Indoor Air Report 2007 presents findings based on 49,130 IAQ tests conducted over a 34-month period (March 2004 - December 2006), the largest collection of data of its kind in the world.
The tests were conducted in cooperation with a network of over 1500 HVAC-IAQ professionals who placed the AirAdvice IAQ monitor in homes across North America to test for six indoor air problem types: particle allergens, chemical pollutants (volatile organic compounds), temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide, and carbon monoxide. At an average of 4,320 unique air samples per test, this represents the analysis of about 1.3 billion air samples.
In addition to providing information on the nature, frequency, and severity of indoor air quality problems in homes, the AirAdvice State of Our Indoor Air Report 2007 offers tips and guidelines to create a better indoor environment in your home. Improving your home's air by uncovering and resolving indoor air quality problems creates a healthier, more comfortable environment and can result in significant energy cost savings.
The 28-page AirAdvice State of Our Indoor Air Report 2007 is available for download at http://www.airadvice.com/company_info/publications.html. Or, visit http://www.airadvice.com for additional indoor air quality resources and information.
AirAdvice, Inc., was founded in 1999 to support and improve quality of life for people suffering from conditions related to poor indoor air quality. The company developed the AirAdvice® HVAC-IAQ™ Program to enable HVAC contractors to successfully diagnose indoor air quality (IAQ) problems and recommend the right filtration, ventilation, and humidification solutions as well as traditional heating and cooling solutions. The patented AirAdvice monitors take the guesswork out of identifying IAQ problems and provide independent reports to help consumers make informed decisions about improving their indoor environments.
More than 1,500 HVAC contractors and 30 distribution companies across North America use the AirAdvice HVAC-IAQ Program. For more information, visit http://www.airadvice.com.