As the name suggests, indoor air quality speaks to the condition of the air you breathe in an indoor space. The indoor air quality in your home or workplace can have a big effect on your health, productivity, and overall comfort. Pollutants, mold, poor ventilation, exposure to chemicals and a number of other factors can contribute to poor indoor air quality in an office environment.
There are many factors that contribute to indoor air quality, and no simple solution to controlling all potential contaminants. Some common contributors to poor indoor air quality in work and indoor spaces include:
Naturally Occurring Pollutants:There are a number of naturally occurring pollutants including mold, bacteria, dust, pollen, and animal dander that can contribute to poor indoor air quality. These types of contaminants can affect buildings old and new, so it’s important to take this into consideration even if you work in a relatively new building. These types of contaminants can be particularly harmful to those who have allergies or asthma.
Chemical Pollutants:Chemical pollutants can also have a significant impact on indoor air quality. Common pollutants include tobacco smoke, gases such as carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide, and waste products from everyday things used in the building such as paint and cleaning supplies.
Small Particles and Other Waste Products: Sometimes the smallest contaminants in the air can have large effects on your health. This can include substances that make their way in from the outside such as dust, dirt, materials from construction, smoke, and other small and easily spreadable substances.
Since most teams spend a big part of their life in the office, repeated exposure to chemicals in the workplace can take a serious toll on health. A number of health conditions may arise from long term exposure to poor air quality including:
Allergy symptoms including coughing, sneezing and runny nose
While these health effects are short term and typically easy to treat, they are nonetheless unpleasant for those affected. Additionally, for those with preexisting allergies, asthma, or lowered immune systems, symptoms may be more severe and problematic
The above symptoms are short term and easy to treat. However, if exposure to pollutants and poor indoor quality persist for long enough, more serious effects can happen. These can include:
If you think your office space is suffering from poor air quality, it’s important to schedule a test ASAP to assess the situation. Testing for mold spores, general environmental conditions, and toxic gasses is a proactive measure to take to keep your team happy and healthy in the long run. To learn more about commercial air quality testing please mail us at email@example.com
As the name suggests, indoor air quality refers to the condition of the air you are breathing in your home. From naturally occurring allergens such as pollen and mold, to household cleaning chemicals, tobacco smoke and more, there are a wide variety of factors contributing to the indoor air quality of your home. When your air quality is poor, it can cause a wide variety of negative health consequences to you and your family
Common contributors to poor indoor air quality include:
Allergic reactions are your body’s way of protecting itself from foreign compounds entering your body. When your system identifies these substances, often pollen, mold, and dust, your body defends itself by producing antibodies that also cause allergy symptoms
Mold is another common contributor to poor indoor air quality. Mold is a fungi that grows in wet and humid areas. Common places you’ll find mold in your home include basements, attics, bathrooms, kitchens, and anywhere where water may be found. This fungi can release spores into the air which can cause allergic reactions and a number of health effects for your family.
It`s no surprise that gas pollution in your home deters from your home’s air quality. Several kinds of gasses can enter your home and affect your health, and because some gases are odorless and colorless, the only way to know if they are present is to test for them. Gasses to be aware of in your home include:
Radon is a natural byproduct of radioactive element decay of common compounds such as uranium. Basically, when some elements in soil breakdown over time, they form radon, which can then make its way into your home from the soil. When exposed to this colorless, odorless gas frequently, it can lead to serious health effects. The American Cancer Society names radon as the second leading cause of lung cancer, behind smoking cigarettes.
Carbon monoxide is another common and dangerous contributor to poor indoor air quality. Exposure to this gas often leads to dizziness, lightheadedness, and nausea and more serious health effects in those who have compromised immune systems. Common sources of carbon monoxide in homes and other indoor spaces include:
Everyone knows smoking cigarettes has negative impacts on the person who is smoking them. Fewer people are aware, however, that exposure to secondhand smoke causes over 3,000 deaths from lung cancer per year in people who are nonsmokers. The EPA also classifies secondhand smoke as a Group A (known human) carcinogen. Cigarette smoke is toxic. It takes a serious toll on indoor air quality and causes a myriad of cancers and other illnesses for smokers and those around them.
Not all building materials are made equal. Many older buildings in particular were built with materials found to be toxic and hazardous after long terms exposure. Lead and asbestos are two common building materials that lead to negative health effects and poor indoor air quality.
Lead is poisonous to humans, and especially poisonous to children. When people are exposed to high amounts of lead in short periods of time, it can cause headaches, stomach aches, anemia and more. Some easy ways to prevent lead exposure in your home include:
Overtime, exposure to these pollutants can take a toll on your household. There are a wide variety of health effects related to indoor air quality. Some effects are immediate and others take some time to manifest themselves. Common immediate effects of poor indoor air quality on health include:
These short term health effects are usually mild and easy to treat, but they are still unpleasant for those affected. For people with preexisting conditions such as asthma, lowered immune system, or those with viral disease can be particularly sensitive to indoor air pollutants
While short term health effects are typically easy to treat, repeated exposure to air pollutants overtime can have more significant side effects. These can include:
If you’re concerned about your home’s indoor air quality, the best thing to do is to schedule a testing so you can be sure. There are several types of assessments that can be done to evaluate your home’s air quality including assessment of heating and ventilation, environmental data for each room in your home, mold spore testing and more. To learn more about indoor air quality assessments in your home mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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