Needless to say, both outdoor and indoor air pollution are serious issues and need to be dealt with right away so any future health complications can be avoided. Indoor air quality, however, is something that we have some form of control over and it also happens to have the biggest impact on us because we spend most of our time in indoor spaces.
There’s no denying that poor indoor air quality and the issues that may arise as a result can cause a variety of health complications. Short-term exposure can lead to cold-like symptoms, such as irritation in the eyes, throat, and nose as well as headaches and dizziness. Long-term exposure to air pollutants can result in respiratory conditions, heart disease, and even lung cancer.
In this blog, we’ll take a look at three of the most common issues you need to address to maintain indoor air quality standards in your homes and commercial spaces.
It goes without saying that indoor spaces don’t benefit from the same level of natural ventilation as outdoor spaces, which is why it’s fairly easy for mold and contaminants to build up inside. This can make the indoor air feel stale and create issues in the efficiency of your HVAC system.
Poor ventilation can also cause an increase in contaminant concentrations that can lead to cold-like symptoms. It’s worth noting that, in some areas, radon exposure is also a serious concern. Radon gets formed when soil and underground rocks decompose. It can easily seep into homes through cracks in the foundation.
With time, radon concentration can increase in indoor spaces that lack proper ventilation. Radon, if you weren’t aware, is a carcinogen and has been linked to lung cancer.
Contaminants in the Air Supply
The kind of activities we perform and the pets we invite into our homes can increase the number of contaminants affecting the indoor air quality. If we don’t manage these activities, they can create a host of health concerns for the inhabitants.
The following activities can introduce contaminants to your indoor air supply:
• Smoking inside
• Painting the walls