People vastly underestimate
the time they spend inside,
assuming just four hours,
when in actuality they are
inside more than 21 hours
each day, according to The
Indoor Generation report by
The VELUX Group.
The Indoor Generation refers
to a growing number of
people who spend the vast
majority of their time indoors,
currently 90 percent of their
days on average, according
to the U.S. Environmental
In addition to people spend-
ing more time inside, homes
are being built and sealed
tightly to meet the demand
for increased energy
This is great for energy ef-
ficiency but not so great for
fresh air exchange, which is
necessary to maintain healthy
indoor air quality.
The resulting polluted air is
locked in and can have health
consequences: Moldy and
damp air inside the home can
increase the risk of asthma by
Poor indoor air quality can
contribute to irritated eyes,
nose and throat, headaches
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(BPT) Ever feel like the days just get away
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7 smart steps to improve
indoor air quality at home
(BPT) Think about how much time you and your
family spend inside versus outside. From your
home to the car to work and to school, it¡¯s not
uncommon that the majority of your day is
This modern phenomenon means increased ex-
posure to indoor air pollution.
Fortunately, with a few smart, proactive steps,
you can help protect yourself and your family.