Indoor air quality isn’t something that most people think about on a regular basis, but it should be. Did you know that the air you breathe in your home or workplace can have serious impacts on your health and well-being? It’s true, and this is why it is so important to recognize the signs of poor indoor air quality and take the appropriate steps to improve it. Your health and the health of your loved ones depends on it.
What is poor indoor air quality?
Poor indoor air quality is an overabundance of potentially harmful contaminants in the air we breathe while indoors. There are a number of sources that can contribute to poor air quality, including furnaces, ovens, allergens, pet dander, dust, mold, construction materials, and many more. These are often exacerbated by lack of adequate ventilation, temperature and other conditions.
How can poor indoor air quality affect people?
Poor indoor air quality can have several negative impacts on the health of people breathing the air. Common symptoms include headache; fatigue; dryness of the mouth, nose and eyes; congestion; coughing; sneezing; dizziness; nausea; and allergies. While some of these symptoms may be caused by other factors, such as colds or flu viruses, if you notice these issues persisting for weeks at a time, and worsening when you’re at home or work, it may be due to poor indoor air quality.
How can you tell if you might have poor indoor air quality at your home or workplace?
To determine if poor indoor air quality is a factor in your home or workplace, start by checking the ventilation system. Make sure it’s working properly with the right amount of outdoor air intake, and check the filters to see if they need to be changed. Also, check for possible causes, such as pets, chemical sources, or mold. Finally, you can also seek the help of an air quality professional who can evaluate and test your space for contaminants.
What can be done to improve indoor air quality?
There are lots of steps you can take to improve the air quality in your home or workplace. If you know the source of the contaminant, (i.e., mold, dust), take steps to remove it from the space. You can also increase ventilation and air movement, or invest in HEPA filters or air cleaners that filter contaminants from the air. In the summer, use your AC, which not only keeps you cool but also helps remove pollen and other contaminants from the air. Use cleaning products that don’t contain harmful chemicals that leech into the air, such as ammonia and chlorine. If you use a gas stove for cooking, have the gas jets cleaned by a professional, and open a nearby window when the stove is in use.