Indoor Air Quality

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Indoor air quality is generally worse than most people believe. Our homes today contain many furnishings, appliances and products that can affect indoor air quality, but there are things you can do about it. The most effective strategy for reducing indoor air pollution is to eliminate or reduce the sources of contaminants.

Signs of indoor air quality problems include:

  • unusual odors;
  • stuffy air;
  • dirty air-conditioning equipment;
  • excessive humidity;
  • the presence of molds and mildew;

Remedies to Indoor Air Quality Problems:

  • Avoid smoking indoors
  • Choose products that have been labeled by reputable organizations such as GREEENGUARD and Green Seal
  • If you’re a company then you could look into installing air systems, for more information look at Integrated Air Systems Ltd
  • Buy machine washable bedding
  • Consider removing shoes at the door
  • Place walk off mats at all entrances
  • Keep homes dry
  • Repair all leaks promptly
  • If mold grows on any porous materials, such as drywall, ceiling tiles or wood, discard and replace
  • Run bathroom exhaust fans while showering
  • House plants can improve indoor air quality but if over-watered, they can encourage mold growth
  • Open doors and windows when outside conditions permit
  • Make sure filters are in place and changed periodically

In summary, most of our exposure to environmental pollutants occurs by breathing the air indoors. These pollutants come from activities, products and materials we use every day. Indoor air contaminants can be a source of ill health. Improving the quality of indoor air is vital for human health.