Outdoor air is continually being cleansed by Mother Nature using the natural processes of weather, rain, wind, lightning and ultraviolet energy from the sun. Mother Nature’s methods of cleaning outdoor air are not naturally present in our indoor air environment. Man-made synthetic building materials, furnishings and household cleaning products have created a virtual chemical soup inside of our homes – with no natural method of control.
One of the main reasons for heightened public concern about deteriorating indoor air quality is the alarming increase in the number of children and young adults with severe allergies and asthma.
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 2001 National Health Interview Study, over 7.6 million children (5-17 years) and over 12.7 million young adults (18-44 years) suffer from asthma. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ranked indoor air pollution among the top five environmental dangers to the public. EPA research also concluded that indoor air can be two to five times (and sometimes as much as 100 times!) more polluted than the WORST outside air!
Over the last 30-40 years, indoor air quality has deteriorated. Changes in new home construction practices that evolved out of the 1970’s energy crisis have created “tight homes” – tightly sealed, heavily insulated and very energy efficient homes.
While these new construction practices help to conserve energy, which is good for our national security and our pocketbooks, they also “lock-in” allergenic particles, infectious agents and toxic compounds, which are bad for the health and well-being of our families
Since research indicates Americans spend 90% of their time indoors, it’s no wonder that asthma and allergy suffering is on the rise! Let the experts at Michiana Mechanical help you to cleans the air in your home.
Several excellent solutions are available for bringing fresh air into your home, while helping you maintain energy efficiency. As a premier HVAC contractor and indoor air quality expert, Michiana Mechanical can help you determine the best systems for your home. The systems currently available are energy-efficient and cost-effective. They can recover up to 80% of the heating and cooling energy from the air exchanged in the ventilation system while sanitizing, conditioning, and filtering the air you breath.