5 Benefits of Cleaner Indoor Air Quality
When hearing those words, the first things likely to come to mind are exercising, eating well and getting enough sleep. But, did you know that there is another vital way to help keep your body healthy?
The secret is to improve your indoor air quality.
According to the Canadian Parks Council, Canadians spend 90% of their day indoors on average, where the concentration of some pollutants is often 2 to 5 times higher than the usual outdoor concentrations.
Improving your indoor air quality brings many benefits. We’ve listed the top 5 below.
1. Improves cognitive performance
In a 2016 study, researchers from Harvard University compared the cognitive performance of two different groups. The first group was placed under “conventional” building indoor environmental conditions and the second under “green” building conditions, with better indoor air quality.
The result was phenomenal: people in the “green” building conditions had 61% higher scores in cognitive tests than people breathing air circulated in “conventional” building conditions.
2. Reduces risk of cardiovascular disease
Researchers in Europe studied the effect of indoor particles in vascular function and demonstrated that elderly people living in homes with clean air had improved function and structure of their blood vessels when compared to those living with poor air quality. Healthy air was shown to reduce the risks of cardiovascular diseases.
3. Improves public health
According to ScienceDaily magazine, a 13-month closure of a local steel mill in Utah in the 1980s was associated with 50% reductions in local hospital admissions for pneumonia, bronchitis, pleurisy and asthma. During the same period, school absenteeism decreased by 40%, and daily mortality fell by 16%. This is one of many examples that shows a strong association between air pollution and public health.
4. Helps children maintain a healthy respiratory system
Children are exposed to higher levels of indoor air pollutants than adults. They spend most of their time in the child breathing zone (1 meter from the floor), where pollution settles. Improving indoor air quality means reducing children’s risk of allergies, asthma complications, and respiratory infections.
See the video Indoor Air Quality Matters! to find out more about the effects that poor indoor air quality can cause in children.