New survey reveals people are misinformed about airborne dangers in their homes
The average adult takes more than 20,000 breaths a day. What many don’t know is that if most of those breaths are taken indoors, health complications could be imminent.
According to a national survey from Broan, nearly 80 percent of homeowners believe indoor air quality (IAQ) can contribute to certain health issues, yet only 44 percent are worried about the air quality in their homes.
Even though Americans believe indoor air quality is an issue, they fail to recognize signs in their home associated with poor air quality. Mold is the main issue two-thirds of respondents linked to poor indoor air. Less than one-third identified chemical smells, foggy windows and mirrors as factors leading to poor indoor air quality.
The factors that negatively impact indoor air quality are not well known, and most homeowners do not associate allergy symptoms, lingering food odors or foggy bathroom mirrors with unhealthy indoor air. Less than half of homeowners know that the lack of a bathroom fan and range hood has a negative impact on IAQ. They also don’t realize that other contributors to poor IAQ include using a fireplace, running central heating and cooling systems, cooking often or lighting a candle.
Research shows homeowners do care about moisture in their homes and lingering odors, however not in relation to IAQ. Many admit they would feel embarrassed about their guestroom being smelly or damp or if a guest noticed an odor in their home. They view these warning signs as inconvenient problems or household issues but there is still a disconnect: homeowners don’t see these problems as a reflection of their IAQ.