Most of us seek the comfort of our homes and offices to protect ourselves against outdoor pollution, like smog, dust, smoke and other pollutants. But what we don’t know is that the air inside our homes or offices is just as worse.
In fact, most experts estimated that, on average, indoor air pollution is two to five times worse than outdoor pollution. You can’t see it but it doesn’t mean it’s not affecting your health.
Microbial pollutants like pollen, mould and pet hair can mix with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to form a toxic indoor environment. Poor indoor air quality may lead to certain allergies and asthma, which could weaken your immune system and expose you to colds or other illnesses.
Identifying the major causes of indoor pollution will make it easier for you to minimise usage or eradicate them and improve indoor air quality.
Household cleaning supplies
While cleaning chemicals keep your home or office clean, they can also be a source of indoor pollution. Once you spray them indoors, the chemicals start to circulate in the air your breathe.
There are hundreds of toxic substances contained in a single cigarette stick, making it one of the most common causes of poor indoor air quality. But this can be prevented by limiting the amount of cigarette smoke or using air purifiers around the home or office.
Paints contain a large amount of VOCs and are known to cause headaches. VOCs are also linked with certain cancers, with chemical components like methylene chloride and benzene. Most VOCs are released while the paint is fresh and disappears when it’s dry. There are also paint products that have low to zero-VOC and there is also the all-natural variety available in the market.
Mould and mildew
Mould growth is caused by excessive moisture in the air. This can be a problem when microscopic spores in the mould mix in the air you breathe as this can cause potential health concerns. Make sure the humidity levels in your home or office are not too high. If you can, get a dehumidifier to combat mould growth.
Sometimes, some ventilation systems are not circulating outdoor and indoor air properly. It is necessary to check the air intakes and exhausts for each room in the house or office to make sure they are free of debris, dust and dirt. Proper ventilation will help reduce the amount of indoor pollutants in the air. There are also air conditioning systems that are built with dehumidifiers, which can help regulate humidity levels in your home or office.
Knowing the different issues that can affect the quality of air in your indoor space can help you make a proactive step in making sure your home or office is comfortable and safe.