WHAT IS THE QUALITY OF AIR IN YOUR HOME?How do you feel when you suddenly open your windows and feel the rush of cold fresh wind rushing through your nostrils or the feel you get when you lift those long thick curtains and feel kool?INDOOR AIR QUALITY, simply means the quality of air in your home, your living environment.Most times when we think of air pollution, we think its only outdoor air that can be polluted.
In door air can be polluted and can pose serious health problems.We tend to think of air pollution as something outside -- smog, ozone, or haze hanging in the air, especially in summer. But the truth is, the air inside homes, offices, and other buildings can be more polluted than the air outside. The air inside your home may be polluted by lead (in house dust), formaldehyde, fire-retardants, radon, even volatile chemicals from fragrances used in conventional cleaners. Some pollutants are tracked into the home. Some arrive via a new mattress or furniture, carpet cleaners, or a coat of paint on the walls.
Indoor air quality cause some form of discomfort. Most people feel better as soon as they remove the source of the pollution. However, some pollutants can cause diseases that show up much later, such as respiratory diseases or cancer.Causes of poor indoor-air quality, polluting indoor-air.· Mold and pollen
· Tobacco smoke
· Household products and pesticides· Gases such as radon and carbon monoxide· Materials used in the building such as asbestos, formaldehyde and leadSometimes a group of people have symptoms that seem to be linked to time spent in a certain building. There may be a specific cause, such as Legionnaire's disease. Sometimes the cause of the illness cannot be found. This is known as sick building syndrome.
Simple Steps to Improve Indoor Air Quality· Plants some( pot- plants) around you.· Keep your floors clean, fresh and dry. (mop, sweep, and dry up)· Keep your clothes clean, dry and fresh· Keep refuse far from kitchen and living room· Clean up pet litters as quick as possible
Why does Indoor Air Quality matter?The
air quality of our indoor environments affects our health and often contributes
to structural degradation and building failures within our homes.·
According to the American Lung Association
of Minnesota, elements within our home and workplaces have been increasingly
recognized as threats to our respiratory health. The most common pollutants are
radon, combustion products, biologicals (molds, pet dander, pollen), volatile
organic compounds, lead dust and asbestos.
· · The prevalence rate of pediatric asthma has increased from 40.1 to 69.1,—a 72.3 percent increase. Asthma is the sixth ranking chronic condition in our nation and the leading serious chronic illness of children in the U.S.
· In the house, poor indoor air quality can result in structural rot within the walls and attic and around window framing from excess moisture.
· Common pollutants can enter our houses through air leaks in the structure.
· Common housing problems or failures that occur in our homes include: musty odors and mold growth, window condensation, structural rot, peeling paint, back-drafting appliances, damp basements and ice dams, or build-up of ice on the roofs edge, and high utility costs.