The Indoor Generation
Thanks to the power of the Internet, activities like “going outside” or “being a productive member of the community” are becoming increasingly optional parts of daily life. Americans spend 90% of their time indoors and an additional 6% in an enclosed vehicle. People are living through their mobile phones, including planning their social lives, paying bills, ordering a pizza or calling in some Chinese. With all the technology out there, there is truly no reason to ever leave your house. Delivery services will keep you fed, bathed, and entertained.
However, there is a price. We have become The Indoor Generation, people who spend most of their time indoors — and often in dark, poorly ventilated and unhealthy buildings. Even though technology makes our lives easier, some people report breathing problems, irritation of the eyes, trouble sleeping or feeling sluggish.
Indoor air quality is a top concern and, according to estimates from the EPA, it can be up to five times more polluted than outside. The quality of the air in your building is directly related to the cleanliness of your air ducts. The air cycling through your ducts is the same air that completely fills your living environment and it is the same air that you and your family breathe.
Your home may be affected by air pollution from the many household items that are deemed essential from day to day life, but there are things that you can do to circumvent health issues and keep your home safe.
- Professional duct cleaning services can provide a thorough cleaning far beyond what the average homeowner can do on his or her own.
- Moreover, little preventative air duct maintenance can preserve the indoor air quality of your home.