If you think outdoor air is the only thing that is polluted and makes you sick, think again. It may come as a shock to many that your indoor air is equally contaminated if not more than the outdoor. We spend about 80% of our time indoors, either in home or offices and believe it or not, it is what makes us sick. We are breathing toxic, stale, unclear air for the most part of the day, which is making us lethargic and fretful. This hidden culprit is all around us making us sick and we don’t even know, let alone do something about it.
Indoor air quality (IAQ) broadly refers to the indoor environmental characteristics inside that may affect human health, comfort, or work performance. Unlike outdoor air, indoor air does not recycle continuously causing it to trap and build up pollutants. Poor IAQ contributes to both short and long term health issues which can lead to low productivity, absenteeism and impaired decision making in the office environment. The symptoms associated with poor indoor air quality include eye, nose, and throat irritation, headache, nausea, dizziness. What is more alarming is that prolonged exposure to the toxic air can lead to acute and chronic respiratory illnesses including asthma, lung cancer, pneumonia, systemic hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Legionnaires’ disease, and humidifier fever.
Gas and repairable particulates in the air are the primary sources that contribute to poor IAQ. Sources can include inadequate ventilation, poorly maintained HVAC systems, wood and coal stoves, non-vented gas heaters, environmental tobacco smoke, proximity to a busy road leading to vehicle exhaust emissions, building materials, carpeting, furniture, maintenance products, solvents, cleaning supplies etc. The list is endless and so are the diseases.
Indeed it is very important to monitor the air in your premises. Real-time monitors can be used for detection of pollutant sources and provide information on the variation of pollutant levels throughout the day. An air monitoring device called Laser Egg, a half egg shaped sleek digital device, is indeed one of the best indoor air quality monitors to detect the bad air in your premises in real time.
Each passing day is taking away your health and the health of your loved ones. So think of clean air. Think of good health. Make a beginning today by start monitoring your indoor air right from today!