Indoor Air Quality
Indoor Air Quality
What is Indoor Air Quality?
Indoor Air Quality is literally the quality of the air inside your home. Indoor pollution sources that release gases or particles into the air are the primary cause of indoor air quality problems in homes.
What are the Sources for Indoor Air Pollutants?
Some of the sources that add to the problem of poor indoor air quality are: combustion sources such as oil, gas, kerosene, coal, wood, and tobacco products; building materials and furnishings as diverse as deteriorated, asbestos-containing insulation, wet or damp carpet, and cabinetry or furniture made of certain pressed wood products; products for household cleaning and maintenance, personal care, or hobbies; central heating and cooling systems and humidification devices; and outdoor sources such as radon, pesticides, and outdoor air pollution.
How Do These Pollute the Air In My Home?
On their own and functioning properly, most of these items don’t emit enough gasses or particles to cause a problem. On the other hand, if one of these items isn’t working properly, such as an improperly adjusted gas stove which emits an above average amount of carbon monoxide, you could have an issue.
Cleaning products and sources such as second hand smoke from tobacco products release pollutants intermittently. These pollutants can be controlled by choosing eco friendly cleaners and by not smoking in the house.
Many of these items, like your living room carpet and your kitchen cabinets, release pollutants more or less continuously. Unfortunately for most people, besides ripping out the carpet and replacing it with tile, there isn’t a lot you can do about these.
What Are the Effects of Poor Indoor Air Quality?
Health effects from indoor air pollutants may be experienced soon after exposure or, possibly, years later. The likelihood of immediate reactions to indoor air pollutants depend on several factors like age and pre-existing medical conditions. Symptoms of some diseases, Asthma for instance, can make themselves known after just one exposure to an indoor pollutant. If you’re feeling sick at home but fine when you’re at work or school, odds are you’ve got an indoor air quality issue.
Can show up after a single exposure
Irritation of the eyes, nose, or throat
Symptoms that mimic a cold
Some health issues, like emphysema, can show up years after exposure. These effects, which include some respiratory diseases, heart disease, and cancer, can be severely debilitating or fatal.
How Can I Make My Home’s Indoor Air Quality Better?
Control the source of the pollution.
Use environmentally friendly cleaning products.
Buy non-aerosol canisters.
Turn bathroom and kitchen fans on when rooms are in use.
Ventilate by opening windows when weather permits.
Change air conditioning filters regularly.
Adjust the humidity (high humidity causes mold & mildew).
No smoking indoors.
Wash pillows & bedding in hot water weekly.
Keep pets that shed off furniture.
Control pests with environmentally friendly pesticides.
How Can AIR MECHANICS Make My Indoor Air Quality Better?
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