Why Natural Air?
Why Natural Air?
Health concerns and climate change are two factors closely tied to the HVAC industry. By knowing how Social Determinants of Health and Climate Change are affecting us, we can take the necessary steps to provide better indoor air quality for our homes and businesses. The Natural Air E-Controls system is one means of achieving this with both financial AND global responsibility.
Social Determinants of Health
Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) refer to the non-medical factors impacting overall health. These factors are at the center of a host of policies and initiatives by government agencies, health systems, and even the commercial sector. Noise pollution, poor air quality, and poor water quality are three environmental factors known to have a strong link to one’s health and well-being. Ultimately, addressing SDoH is about employing new sources of data and technologies to look beyond traditional care models in support of a complete health strategy.
By including “Create social and physical environments that promote good health for all” as one of the four overarching goals for the decade, the US Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) Healthy People 2020 project highlights the importance of addressing SDoH. This emphasis is shared by the World Health Organization (WHO) Commission on Social Determinants of Health with their published guidelines for the intersection of Social Determinants of Health, Housing, Healthcare and Public Health.
The growing list of SDoH-related programs is diverse in approach and size. But what has become consistent is the understanding by healthcare leadership that, in order to deliver better health outcomes, social determinants must be addressed. Moreover, the relationship between healthcare outcomes and SDoH factors such as noise pollution, air quality and water quality must be definitively determined. Experts in SDoH research are now leveraging the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to demonstrate these associations.
While debate continues to surround the details of Climate Change, there is medical and scientific consensus that these changes not only are occurring but are progressing. Wind speeds are increasing, the number of solar days is decreasing, and global temperatures are rising. And these environmental shifts are affecting not only flora and fauna but also the health of people on every continent.
Unprecedented fires in Australia and the Amazon rain forest, as well as record rainfall across Europe and the North American coasts, are yet more proof that the Earth’s climate is shifting. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the CDC here in the United States have identified environmental heat exposure as an evolving threat at home and at work.
Shifting global temperatures have been demonstrated to not only increase stress levels, but also to increase the rates of aggression, bullying, verbal abuse and even workplace violence. Studies in several urban areas found that for every 2 degree rise in average yearly temperature, the rates of homicides, assaults and suicides rose by 3%. Interestingly, these increases were mitigated by indoor environmental temperature and humidity control. The problem for many homes and businesses is that, as global temperatures rise, the cost of cooling indoor spaces also will rise. A SMART ventilation controller can save businesses up to 30% on their heating and cooling costs, using outdoor air to heat or cool the indoor space when outdoor temperature and humidity are appropriate for the task.
As outdoor temperatures swing through increasing extremes of temperature and higher allergen production, many people will spend more and more time indoors. Living or working in confined quarters increases exposure to illness and contributes to poor indoor air quality. Finding ways to reduce that risk and monitor your efforts is key.
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is vital because contaminants such as radon, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and other pollutants can build up indoors, leading to potentially serious health problems. Poor air quality increases blood pressure, risk of fatal heart attack, and stroke by increasing the body’s stress response (also known as “Fight or Flight” response). By simply using a SMART ventilation controller to optimize air quality, you can reduce your family’s stress level or the stress level of your employees by up to 14%. This is a year-round need and is especially important during the extreme temperature months of the summer and winter, when many of us spend more time indoors.