Potential Health Effects Associated with Poor Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality is neither good nor bad, indoor air quality – (IAQ) is a reference to the amount of pollutants and potentially toxic gases that may be filling the environment you’re living in. Some homes may be heavily polluted and some may not be. There are courses of action you may take to find some answers, but it’s important to know what may be causing your home to be so heavily polluted in the first place. So, below I will list a few factors that may be negatively affecting your IAQ, here it is –

  • Cooking methods
  • Damp
  • Heating methods
  • Poor ventilation
  • Area of home

The potential negative health effects associated with poor IAQ –

Maintaining a healthy IAQ is important because consistently breathing in a wide array of chemicals and gases can cause problems with the human body. This is especially the case with individuals who already suffer from breathing disorders such as – asthma, lung cancer or (COPD). While a poor IAQ may be bad for these conditions, consistent inhalation of a poor IAQ for a long period of time may actually cause these issues to arise in a healthy individual.

Sick building syndrome –

Closely linking in with the section above, sick building syndrome is a disorder strictly and only caused by living in an environment with poor IAQ for a long period of time. Here are some symptoms felt by the sufferer of this syndrome –

  • A difficulty breathing
  • Allergy symptoms
  • Dry skin
  • Headaches
  • Tight chest

A sufferer from this syndrome may not even know why he/she is feeling this way. They could be convinced it’s just a cold or some other illness, meanwhile, due to their living conditions not changing, this syndrome will only grow worse and more persistent.

The gases and air pollution that may be the problem…

Whilst reading this you may have been wondering, what are the causes for such negative health effects? The truth is, it could be a mixture of any pollutants. The pollutants invading your home depend on the factors that are causing them to be there in the first place, as mentioned earlier. So, to give you a general basis to work off, here is a list of gases and pollutants that may be affecting your IAQ –

  • Asbestos
  • Second-hand smoke
  • Carbon dioxide
  • Carbon monoxide
  • bacteria
  • Mould
  • Household cleaners

Looking at this list, you now have a general basis to work off. This means you can take action straight away by removing/reducing any household factors that may lead to an increase of these chemicals/pollutants in the air.

Taking action –

Now while there are many simple things you can do to help reduce the air pollution in your home such as – keeping the window open more often, reducing/removing factors that may contribute to a more polluted air space or simply moving house, it’s important to know what it is exactly what it polluting your air and why.

That being said, there are experts you can call who will come and check the air pollution in your home using complex machinery. They can detect any dangerous levels of gasses or pollutants. They can then advise you on how to reduce these levels and keep them lowered permanently. If you believe your IAQ may be affecting your daily life it’s important to get this sorted before the problems simply get worse.