Childhood asthma rates have doubled since 1980.
Asthma is the third-ranking reason for a kid to go to the hospital, reports The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Poor indoor air quality is one of of the top five environmental risks according to the EPA. Children, especially those with asthma or allergies are especially vulnerable.
"Asthma is the number-one chronic reason why children miss school in the U.S.," according to Mike Tringale at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
More than 15 million Americans are estimated to have asthma, including one in 13 school-age children according to Dr. Marc Riedl, assistant professor of medicine and section head of clinical immunology and allergy at the University of California-Los Angeles.
A significant way to help children with asthma or allergies
is to make the air they breath at home cleaner than even fresh air.
That's why parents should get the most efficient electronic air filtering system they can - for their whole home. Look for one that does not emit harmful ozone. Newer models are more efficient, requiring less energy and maintenance. One kind, AspenAirInside is about 20 times more powerful than conventionally-designed systems. And does not require a new HVAC system, It bolts right onto the existing system in the home in 40 minutes or less.
BTW, winter is the worst time of year for indoor allergies. During cold winter months we’re so focused on insulating our homes that we typically forget about the importance of allowing indoor air to circulate with outdoor air. Ventilation throughout the year is important to force allergens and indoor pollutants out of the home.
(Of course you also have smoke detectors on every floor and check them annually, along with doing a simple radon check, right?)