Air Quality Indoors | What You Don't Know about Indoor Air Quality Can Harm You!
Air Quality Indoors and Your General Health
In this age of air conditioning and closed air circuits we are suffering the consequences in the form of respiratory system diseases. Chronic illnesses like asthma and chronic bronchitis are mostly due to the exposure to external effectors that induced such a reaction from our poor bodies.
Mold, dust, cleaning chemicals, dust mites, animal hair, body debris, accumulated pollen grains, and even dry animal wastes are circulating in the air that we breath. The more we stay indoors the more we get exposed to such harmful materials and our lungs pay the price.
Spending sometime everyday outdoors is mandatory. Consider it as a cleansing procedure to your air pipes. But this is not enough. I mean how long can you stay outdoors everyday? Half an hour? An hour a day? how about the other 23 hours?
In this lens I'll try to shed some light on the sources of contamination inside your house or work place so that you make sure they don't harm you more than they're supposed to.
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Sources of Indoor Air Pollution
If you live in a house then it's easy to spot the sources of pollution. Actually I'll focus here on a house, because a larger building is more complex than I can cover in a small lens like this one. Just keep in mind that what goes on your house goes on any closed indoors environment.
First of all the air circulates in your house through the heating and cooling ducts. The inside of these ducts is what determines how clean your indoor air will be. Maintain the duct system in your house and make sure it's all intact with not a single tiny hole in the whole system.
The reason the duct system is so important is that it goes everywhere in your house where you can not reach to clean easily, like the walls, under the ground, and in the attic. Any wholes in those areas are going to allow dust mites, dust, debris, molds, bacteria, and all forms of fine particles and living organisms from those hard to clean areas inside the ducts, and consequently into the air that you eventually breath.
More Pollution for Indoors Air
The cleaning chemicals are also a dangerous source of contamination. All the nice-smelling chemicals that you use in keeping the house clean and nice are harsh on your lungs, maybe harsher than smoking tobacco. It's hard to find a cleaning alternative that's efficient and at the same time doesn't hurt your lungs, so assign one day to the heavy duty cleaning when the kids are going to be away all day. Start in the morning and after you're done ventilate the house by opening the windows opposite to each other to create a current of fresh air. Keep the dusting and vacuuming to the end.
Pets hair is another source of indoors air pollution, so you'll need to keep vacuuming regularly on short intervals to make sure it doesn't accumulate enough in the air to cause allergies and asthmatic reactions.
But even with the described precautions above indoors air is several folds more polluted than the outdoors. That's why it is recommended to invest in an air purifier for your house. The most expensive air purification system I've ever heard of was about a couple hundreds.