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20 shocking facts about indoor air pollution

Posted on november 02, 2016 by admin in Air Pollution

20 shocking facts about indoor air pollution

Fact #1 Indoor environments are 10 times more pollutant than outdoor environments.*

Fact #2 The Environmental Audit Committee of UK’s Parliament states that air pollution brings almost the same death toll as smoking.

Fact #3 The UK has the highest asthma rate in the world.*

Fact #4 The Federation of European Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning Associations estimates that within the EU there is a potential annual saving of 5TWh by switching to Low Energy Air Filters which would equate to £500m of energy savings in the UK.

Fact #5 Air is lazy. So while water will flow to the lowest point and find a level, air will not. So the quality of air in one room may be significantly different to that in the next. **

Fact #6 70% of people are dissatisfied with their indoor environment.*

Fact #7 In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialised cities.***

Fact #8 The United States EPA ranks indoor air quality as a top five environmental risk to public health.

Fact #9 The NRDC determined most air fresheners contain phthalates, noxious chemicals known to disrupt hormone function in babies and children, interfere with reproductive development, and aggravate respiratory ailments such as asthma.₁

Fact #10 EPA has expressed concern about the safety of office inkjet printers which have been linked to developmental and reproductive damage.₂

Fact #11 Fine or ultra-fine particulate matter is easily inhaled and can pass into the bloodstream, and even cross the blood-brain barrier. Serious problems such as asthma, lung infections, or even lung cancer have been linked to exposure.

Fact #12 Air pollution both inside and outside the home causes at least 40,000 deaths a year in the UK alone.₃

Fact #13 Many people in the UK are currently exposed to illegal levels of air pollution. The UK government lost a Supreme Court legal battle in 2015 and was forced to produce an action plan.₄

Fact #14 Meeting the UK’s carbon emissions target would lead each year to 5,700 less deaths and fewer hospital admissions for lung and heart problems.₃

Fact #15 Certain areas of the UK have higher levels of radon, a natural radioactive gas that comes from rocks and soil, than others. The radon levels in the air we breathe outside are very low, but it can be higher inside poorly ventilated buildings. High levels of radon can cause lung cancer.

Fact #16 Indoor air pollution is 2-5 times worse than the air outdoors.

Fact #17 By 2050, 6 million people will die per year due to air pollution.₅

Fact #18 Without maintenance, ventilation is useless! Ensure your AHU’s filters are changed regularly - call CFP for air filter maintenance and filter products on 0161 406 5050.

Fact #19 We spend 90% of our time indoors.*

Fact #20 According to several reports on health, wellbeing and productivity in offices, improved indoor air quality can increase productivity by around 10%.

Improving Your Indoor Air Quality

It is the responsibility of the business owners to provide safe working environments that are free from any known hazards that can cause damage to health (HSE), so it’s especially important to be vigilant about purifying the air in commercial premises.

CFP provide a professional filter management service, giving you total peace of mind that none of the above will occur. Find out how CFP can help you to maintain high indoor air quality by calling 0161 406 5050.


** www.healthy-house.co.uk
*** US Environmental Protection Agency
₁ Natural Resources Defense Council
₂ Tang S1, Zhao H2. Glymes as Versatile Solvents for Chemical Reactions and Processes: from the Laboratory to Industry. RSC Adv. 2014;4(22):11251-11287.
₃ Report from the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
The Guardian

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