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Energy Upgrade Your Home for Health & Wellness.

April 3, 2018 at 3:10 pm / by

Some quick facts about health and air quality, courtesy of www.leap-va.org:

  • The pollution inside your home is typically 2 to 5 times worse than the air outdoors.
  • This indoor air quality can cause or contribute to asthma, headaches, dry eyes, nose and throat issues, nasal congestion, nausea, and fatigue.
  • 40% of asthma episodes are caused by triggers in the home, which can include dust mites, pollen, mold, carbon monoxide, excessive carbon dioxide, and other chemical fumes.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency ranks indoor air quality as one of the top five environmental risks to public health.
  • Asthma is a national epidemic, affecting nearly 26 million Americans (including 7 million children!).
  • An average of one out of every 10 school-aged children has asthma, and 10.5 million school days are missed each year due to asthmatic episodes.
  • Many home energy improvements improve indoor air quality through air and duct sealing, proper ventilation, and the mitigation of moisture issues.

Advanced Home Energy Upgrades create conditions that support improved health and well-being for the home’s occupants, particularly among vulnerable groups such as children, the elderly, and those with pre-existing illnesses. The potential benefits include improved physical health (such as reduced symptoms of respiratory and cardiovascular conditions), rheumatism, arthritis, and allergies, as well as fewer injuries. Several studies that quantified total outcomes found benefit-cost ratios as high as 4:1 when health and well-being impacts were included, with improved health representing up to 75% of overall benefits. (Romm, 2014).