We all want healthy kids and families. For me, that means things like doing my best to serve nutritious meals, insisting on proper flossing and teeth brushing, encouraging physical activity, applying sunscreen when they’re going out to play, seeing the doctor or dentist when needed, and generally doing everything I can to keep them healthy and happy.
One thing we don’t tend to think about much though, is the impact that indoor air quality can have on our health. We spend almost 90% of our time indoors, but did you know that indoor levels of air pollutants can be two to five times higher than outdoors? Poor air quality in your home, school, or workplace can affect your sleep, trigger asthma or allergies, and cause headaches, nasal congestion, sneezing, nausea, fatigue, dizziness, irritability, or forgetfulness.
You might think we’re talking about older or run down houses and buildings, but new buildings aren’t exempt. In fact, newer buildings are often constructed with synthetic materials and designed to be more tightly sealed with poorer ventilation than older buildings as an energy-saving measure. An estimated 30% of new or renovated buildings have poor indoor air quality.
And then there’s school. Half of all American schools have problems with indoor air quality. That’s a significant concern, especially when you consider the number of hours that kids spend in school and their increased vulnerability to pollutants.
In fact, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ranked indoor air pollution among the top five environmental risks to public health. Direct health care costs and lost productivity from indoor air pollution are estimated to cost tens of billions of dollars each year. Asthma alone costs an average of $3300 USD per person every year, and with an estimated 7 million children and 18 million adults in the USA with asthma, the costs add up!
We all need to be more aware of air quality and ways to improve our indoor environments. One of the easiest ways to reduce our exposure to toxic chemicals is to choose cleaners, paint, and other household products with fewer chemical emissions and volatile organic compounds.
But wouldn’t it be helpful to know right away if you’ve got issues with your air quality instead of realizing it after the sniffles, headache, or asthma attack?
uHoo is the most advanced indoor air quality sensor on the market. Its dedicated sensors track what’s happening in your home or office’s air around the clock and send you real-time alerts and tips for improving your air quality. Even when you’re away, you can still monitor your home’s indoor air quality using the uHoo app.
Hubby and I both have environmental allergies, and I love that uHoo can help us manage our symptoms and proactively address the triggers that can cause symptoms in the first place. When I breathe better, I sleep better. And when I sleep better, I’m more productive, more patient, and to be honest, a better mother. Ensuring good air quality for my entire family, especially my kids, is a priority for me!
The uHoo’s modern and minimal design fits in unobtrusively in any decor. Track all eight of these measures of air quality and keep up to date on the overall quality of the air that you and your family are breathing in.
- volatile organic compounds (VOCs found in paint and cleaning products)
- dust (or PM2.5)
- carbon monoxide
- carbon dioxide
- air pressure
uHoo has just launched an Indiegogo campaign, so for a limited time only, you can take advantage of pre-order pricing and get your uHoo sensor and peace of mind at a steep discount!
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation. Nevertheless, all opinions expressed are completely honest and my own, based on my personal experience. Your experience may differ.