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Blog/Opinion: What is the cost of an unhealthy home?

By HHI Staff

While it is difficult to determine the dollar cost of poor indoor air quality (IAQ), insurance-industry observers agree that the costs may be unrecognized—and ascribed instead to more conventional medical conditions such as respiratory ailments, allergies, and asthma. One report on insurance costs found that “there is strong awareness and growing concern over the ‘silent crisis’ of IAQ and its potential to cause large industry losses.” 


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According to the article, Addressing Asthma Triggers in the Home: A Business Case for the Health and Housing Sectors:


"Controlling and managing asthma is extremely costly. In 2007, the U.S. paid $14.7 billion in direct health care costs and another $5 billion in indirect costs (lost productivity) for a total of $19.7 billion. Asthma represents a significant drain on the time and resources of the health care sector."


Most people would probably rather spend a little more and have a healthy house, than have an unhealthy house that makes them sick. The latter is just too expensive.


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What is the cost of an unhealthy home?:  Created on November 19th, 2010.  Last Modified on November 23rd, 2010


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