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AirAdvice State of Our Indoor Air Report 2007 Reveals IAQ Problems in 9 Out of 10 Homes

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Source: AirAdvice, Inc.

More than 96% of homes tested have at least one indoor air quality problem

PORTLAND, OR -- Data in the newly released AirAdvice State of Our Indoor Air Report 2007 shows that 9 out of 10 homes have indoor air quality (IAQ) problems. The report’s findings are based on AirAdvice Inc.’s analysis of 49,130 indoor air quality tests conducted in homes across North America in cooperation with a network of more than 1500 HVAC professionals.

Overall, 96.7% of all homes tested had at least one of six indoor air quality problems – particle allergens, chemical pollutants, carbon dioxide, temperature, humidity, and carbon monoxide.

Most homes had multiple indoor air problems. Eighty-three percent of all homes tested exhibited two or more of the six problem types, nearly half (49.8%) had three or more problems, 18.9% had four or more.

“The data clearly shows us that there are a great many people out there are likely to be living in a home with poor indoor air quality,” says Jim Crowder, AirAdvice CEO. “Day in and day out, they and their families may be breathing unhealthy air. This points to the tremendous opportunity for the HVAC industry to help these people. No one is in a better position than the HVAC contractor to find and fix indoor air quality problems in the home.”

The AirAdvice State of Our Indoor Air Report 2007 gives HVAC contractors detailed statistics and information on indoor air quality problems, as well as helpful information for contractors’ customers. Highlights from the 28-page report include:

* The most common indoor air quality problem in North American homes is particle allergens (e.g., dust, dander, pollen, spores, bacteria, and other airborne pollutants). Over 91% of homes tested showed elevated particle allergen levels.

* Chemical pollutant (volatile organic compound) problems were the second-most frequent type of problem found. Elevated chemical pollutant levels were found in 7 out of 10 homes (70%). Some chemical pollutants are known carcinogens (cancer-causing).

* Carbon dioxide, temperature, and humidity levels were outside recommended ranges in many homes – in 45%, 30%, and 49% of cases, respectively.

* Carbon monoxide, a clear, odorless, and potentially deadly gas, was found at elevated levels in 2% of homes.

About the AirAdvice State of Our Indoor Air Report 2007
The AirAdvice State of Our Indoor Air Report 2007 presents findings based on 49,130 IAQ tests conducted over a 34-month period (March 2004 – December 2006), the largest collection of data of its kind in the world.

The tests were conducted in cooperation with a network of over 1500 HVAC-IAQ professionals who placed the AirAdvice IAQ monitor in homes across North America to test for six indoor air problem types: particle allergens, chemical pollutants (volatile organic compounds), temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide, and carbon monoxide. At an average of 4,320 unique air samples per test, this represents the analysis of about 1.3 billion air samples.

In addition to providing information on the nature, frequency, and severity of indoor air quality problems in homes, the AirAdvice State of Our Indoor Air Report 2007 offers tips and guidelines for homeowners.

“This report is a tool for contractors to help their customers understand why healthy indoor air is so important for their well-being and comfort,” says Lucas Klesch, AirAdvice senior IAQ chemist. “Besides making people aware of just how seriously prevalent indoor air problems are and how these problems affect them, the report explains how uncovering and resolving IAQ problems creates a healthier, more comfortable indoor environment and helps cut energy costs, too. The report is a great resource for any contractor interested in growing their IAQ business.”

The 28-page AirAdvice State of Our Indoor Air Report 2007 is available for download at http://www.airadvice.com/company_info/publications.html.

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