Indoor air quality issues

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Indoor air quality is important in terms of ensuring the good health and overall wellness of household members. Some homeowners though are unaware of indoor air pollutants and how they could deal with these.

The Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety has thoroughly discussed this matter. The information they have provided can be used both in the office setting and in the home. One of the areas they discussed are the sources of indoor air pollutants. Plumbing Association of San Diego      

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“Indoor air quality has become an important health and safety concern. Common issues associated with IAQ include: (1) Improper or inadequately maintained heating and ventilation systems. (2) Contamination by construction materials, glues, fibreglass, particle boards, paints, chemicals, etc. (3) Increase in number of building occupants and time spent indoors.”

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The Illinois Department of Public Health has also come up with information on indoor air pollution. One of the usual causes of poor indoor air quality that they mentioned in their information page is poor maintenance of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. A/C And HVAC   

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“Inadequate maintenance of the HVAC system also may contribute to indoor air quality problems. Ventilation system filters that are not replaced on a regular basis may become clogged, reducing air flow volume, quality, and distribution. They also may become places for bacteria and molds to grow and be distributed throughout the home. Humidifier systems on HVAC systems also must be properly maintained to prevent bacteria and mold contamination.”

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The American Lung Association meantime shared to homeowners possible health symptoms relating to indoor air pollution. In their guide they also mentioned several questions that a homeowner can ask himself to pin point if the health symptom he is experiencing could be because of unhealthy indoor air.

“Do health symptoms improve when you leave the building? Do they return when you come back into the building? If so, you may have an indoor air pollution problem and should explore the following potential sources. Learn more about protecting your air at home by clicking on the links below:  Is anyone smoking indoors? No one should smoke indoors. Can you see or smell mold or mildew? Is the humidity regularly above 50 percent? Are there leaks or standing water anywhere—kitchen, basement, attic?”

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Indoor air should indeed be kept as healthy as possible to avoid illnesses.

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