It is possible that you heard the term “indoor air quality” before and you thought about how clean the air inside your home is. You might not be aware, but the invisible air circulating inside your home could be full of debris and pollutants.
And since we spend large parts of our days indoors, it is important to consider the impact of indoor air quality on our health and well-being. According to a research study conducted by EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), Americans spend, on average, 93% of their life indoors.
The quality of indoor air matters even more during the fall season as people spend more time away from the cold outdoors, and are therefore more vulnerable to the harmful pollutants in the air. Some of the biggest culprits for polluting the air are:
Asbestos: They are a major cause of indoor air pollution. Although using asbestos for construction is illegal now, many older homes still have asbestos-containing products, such as paint, building blocks and floor tiles. Asbestos can cause serious illnesses, such as asbestosis, mesothelioma and several kinds of cancers.
Radon: This is another harmful substance, found underneath some homes. It is odorless and therefore cannot be detected without proper equipment. Radon is scientifically proven to cause lung cancer in humans. In fact, it is the second biggest cause of lung cancer deaths in the US.
Household Chemicals: There are many toxic chemicals found in certain household items, including flooring, bathroom cleaning products, paint and more. Excessive exposure to these harmful chemicals can lead to eye irritation, throat irritation and lung or kidney damage.
Apart from damaging our bodies, indoor air pollutants can also make us less productive at work. This is detrimental to your company’s profitability, if you are an employer, or your chances of getting a promotion as an employee.
To protect yourself and your employees from the adverse effects of indoor air pollutants, invest in a dehumidifier and air purification services. You can contact us to check the air quality inside your building and test out your humidifiers and air cleaning equipment.