With fresh air, I can grow better
Did you know that the quality of air in your home can have an impact on your child's development?
It's true! VOCs (volatile organic compounds) are chemicals that are given off as gas from products like paint, cleaning supplies, and even furniture. When these chemicals build up in the air of your home—especially if you're living in a smaller space with poor ventilation—they can lead to respiratory problems and other health issues for you and your family.
VOCs are a big deal
Exposure to VOCs may cause eye irritation, difficulty breathing, nausea, headaches and dizziness. The effects of VOCs depend on the concentration and duration of exposure. According to Patrick N. Breysse of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, at Johns Hopkins University, “Indoor pollutants can vary in their potential health effects and intensity”. A small amount of exposure does not usually cause significant harm, but prolonged exposure may lead to serious health problems, particularly in children.
Indoor air pollution is linked to asthma
Fresh air providing oxygen helps with the development of cells and tissues in the body and is essential for healthy growth. It’s a major factor of why it's important for children to get plenty of fresh air every day. The National Institute of Health has found that children who spend more time outdoors are less likely to experience asthma symptoms. In addition, children who spend more time outdoors are less likely to develop allergies and rashes.
The importance of indoor air quality
Modern lifestyles mean that children can spend as much as 90% of their time indoors. We can’t ignore the impact of the quality of indoor air on our children’s’ health. Residential ventilation systems can be used to prevent harmful chemicals from building up in your home by ensuring a healthy supply of fresh air. A well-functioning ventilation system also helps keep indoor air quality high by extracting stale air which will reduce the VOCs as well as dust and pollen particles that can cause respiratory problems for children.
It's important that we do whatever we can to improve the quality of air in our homes because it will have a direct impact on our children's growth and health.