INDOOR AIR QUALITY
We spend more than 80 percent of our time inside of our homes and appartment, offices at work and in recreational environments. Clean air is essential for good human health and well-being and especially when it comes to indoor air. Indoor air quality can have a major effect on our health when the quality of the air is poor.
What Causes Indoor Air Problems?
There are could be many sources of indoor air pollution in any home. Sources are tobacco products, oil, gas, wood; building materials, carpet; furniture made of certain products; household cleaning and maintenance products; central heating and cooling systems with the humidification devices; and outdoor sources such as radon, pesticides, and overall outdoor air pollution.
Indoor Air Polution Health Risks
The effects from poor air quality may be experienced soon after exposure or years later.
Sometimes one could notice these effects right away after entering poluted room a building. These could include irritation of the throat, eyes, nose, headaches, dizziness, or fatigue. In extreme situations a medical help could be required even if the short time is spend inside of the poluted area. Certaing immediate effect are very similar to those colds or other viral diseases, so it is very important to keep track of when the symptoms begin. Some effect could worsen if the heating or air conditioning systems are working.
Long Term Effects
Sometimes we only notice health effects after years of exposure or in repeated exposures in the long period of times. These effects, which include many respiratory diseases, number of heart diseases, cancer, can damage your health severely or could be fatal. It is very important to try to improve the indoor air quality in your home even if symptoms are not yet noticeable.
Ventilation is one of the major factors in prevention of poor indoor air quality, make sure bathrooms, kitchens and basements have good air circulation and are cleaned often. The basement in particular may need a dehumidifier.
If you think you have bad air quality in your home contact your local HVAC professional to perform IAQ tests.