All people at a fundamental level need, among other things, clean water to drink and clean air to breathe. As a society, we have created a policy and regulatory framework that means that in most cases the average American can turn on the tap and potable water comes out. While many people take the extra step to filter their water, the reality is that we have created an expectation that our water is treated and safe for consumption. But what about the air?
The COVID-19 pandemic shined a spotlight on the need for cleaner air. With more Americans congregating in common spaces than at any time since before the pandemic, indoor air quality has become a critical component of public health. Indeed, this moment in history has created an ideal pivot point to do more for Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) than what has been previously done.
The average American spends about 90% of their time indoors. Therefore, it is paramount that the air we breathe is clean, just like the water we drink. Just think about it: take a minute to multiply your age by .9 and you get your “Indoor Age”.
Home buyers increasingly are learning more about the impact of IAQ on their health and wellbeing. Technology already exists to monitor multiple IAQ factors in the home such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), carbon dioxide, radon and more and consumers are responding. As a result, devices that monitor these often-times invisible elements of air could become just as commonplace as a thermostat. Monitoring these threats provides increased safety and security for home buyers, along with an improved sense of well-being.
Installing air quality monitors is a simple step that could set your next home apart from the competition. In this economic environment, who couldn’t use a reason to breathe a little more freely?