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Take A Deep Breath: The Effects Of Indoor Air Quality

Take A Deep Breath: The Effects Of Indoor Air Quality

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September 22, 2008

The effects of indoor air quality impact the health of human beings in ways that often go unsuspected.  Houses are built to be airtight to reduce energy costs, and as a result, indoor air can actually be polluted in many ways because there's no means for bad air to escape.  Chemicals, dust mites, hazardous particles, bacteria, smoke and many other pollutants can render household air unhealthy.

Everyone spends a lot of time indoors and the quality of the air is important.  The effects of indoor air quality on a person's health can be severe, especially if they have breathing problems already.  For example, people with asthma, bronchial inflammations, respiratory illness or allergies can be sensitive to air quality. 

The indoor air can be polluted in a number of ways.  Just breathing alone can contaminate air with bacteria and carbon monoxide, but there are plenty of other ways too.  When you spray a can of hairspray, re-paint a chair, smoke a cigarette, open a window or take a shower various chemicals and bacteria are released into the air.

Effects Of Indoor Air Quality

If the house is energy efficient, that usually means the stale or polluted air has no means of escape unless there's an air exchanger or air cleaner on the system.  But even your heating and cooling system itself can pollute your home's air if the filters are not changed regularly or if it's an older system no longer working efficiently.

The effects of indoor air quality can include difficulty breathing, an increase in mold and bacteria growth within the house, worsening of respiratory problems, increased amount of dust mites affecting allergies, headaches and even skin problems.   Pollutants in the air can be serious if exposure is prolonged which is the case when they exist in your home.

There are also natural pollutants that can affect air quality.  Radon gas is plentiful in certain parts of the country and is a naturally occurring environmental pollutant.  One of the effects of indoor air quality impacted by radon gas is increased chances of developing cancer.  

The effects of indoor air quality should be taken seriously.  Air pollutants include floating particles, volatile organic compounds, dust, gasses and chemicals like pesticides or glues.  But air pollution inside your house also comes from gas appliances that aren't working efficiently, improper venting of the furnace, deteriorating house materials like fiberglass insulation and humidifiers that aren't cleaned regularly.

In other words, you should look for sources of indoor air pollution in every room in your house.  The effects of indoor air quality on your health are potentially severe and should be addressed quickly.  Of course, the best course of action is to prevent the buildup of toxic pollutants in the first place.

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