Can you guess the number one health problem in America? Perhaps serious health conditions like cancer and heart disease come to mind. Actually, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the number one health problem is indoor air pollution. Experts recommend UV light as an air purifier.
Let’s be honest—we’re enjoying less time outdoors as a nation. We spend up to 90% of our time inside, whether we’re at work, relaxing at home, or strolling through a shopping mall. The workplace, especially, has kept us inside, with 70% of us working indoors. With the obvious exception of occupations like construction and landscaping, the majority of our work takes place in traditional offices and other indoor locations. More people are telecommuting, or working from home, but they’re still inside for the majority of the day.
The rest of our time is spent in stores, restaurants, schools…you get the picture. Overall, we’re getting very little fresh air.
Not surprisingly, allergies and respiratory disease are on the rise as people are exposed to harmful allergens, chemicals, mold, mildew, and fungus, just to name a few culprits. These materials are floating in the air around us and being pumped through our HVAC systems.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has gone as far as to name the phenomenon of indoor air pollution “Sick Building Syndrome,” noting that 40% of office buildings pose a serious health hazard to employees. Documented illnesses run the gamut, from mild cold and flu-like symptoms to allergies, asthma, other respiratory ailments, headaches, fatigue, and even chronic depression.
The unfortunate results of indoor air pollution on homes and businesses include not only poor general health, but also a loss of worker productivity, increased medical costs, and a lower quality of life overall.
Fortunately, indoor air purification does not have to be expensive or complicated.
UV lights, which have been used for years in hospitals and government buildings, are now available for the home or office. They have several advantages: they kill bacteria, mold, viruses and other airborne allergens; they’re easy to set up and use; and the unit plugs into a wall outlet and is integrated with your heating or cooling system.
Contact us to find out more about the benefits of installing UV lights in your HVAC system.