What’s in your air?
The air that
You probably know that the quality of the air we breathe is critical to our daily functioning. The human body needs fresh oxygen 24 hours a day to function optimally. For many of us, this comes naturally, and we don’t think about what we’re actually breathing into our lungs.
Air pollutants are too small to see with the naked eye, but poor air quality can lead to a variety of health problems – from signs of the less-known “sick building” Syndrome” such as headaches, mood swings, tiredness, lack of concentration, to serious health problems such as respiratory damage and eye irritation, cardiovascular diseases, increased allergies and hypersensitivity, and an increased risk of cancer. Knowing what’s in our air and keeping it clean and fresh is just as important as knowing what’s in the food we eat or the water we drink every day.
While pollutants in our homes, offices and workplaces make up a small part of the air around us, they can have a major impact on our health in both the short and long term. What are the most common culprits?
The most common indoor air pollutants are combustion products, biological particles from mold, dander, pollen, volatile organic compounds (VOC), lead and asbestos. According to the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks, indoor air can contain over 900 different types of gaseous chemicals and fine particulate matter below 2.5 microns (PM 2.5). Breathing in tiny, invisible pollutants puts us at risk. These go through our lung tissue into our bloodstream, circulate throughout our body, and often stay there.
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Our daily companions
Where are these hidden?
- Vehicle exhaust and tobacco smoke
- Food and associated odors
- People gatherings (indoors)
- Industrial pollution
- Chemicals such as adhesives, paints, varnishes, cleaning agents, printers
About 20% of all people struggle with allergies every day.
Bacteria & Germs
Multi-resistant germs and specific viruses are becoming more and more dangerous – most germs are mainly transmitted by airborne droplets.
Viruses are becoming more and more ubiquitous – most viruses are mainly transmitted indoors.
The one thing people usually notice first: the presence of foul odors can be not only quite unpleasant but also unhealthy.
Volatile Compounds (VOCs) are harmful chemicals emitted from everyday products.
Interior- air quality
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) refers to the air quality in and around buildings, particularly in relation to the health and comfort of occupants.
Determining IAQ values involves taking air samples, monitoring temperature and humidity, and analyzing airflow in buildings.
The most widely used international HVAC and indoor air quality standards are:
Sick Building Syndrome
British Telecom Study:
“The Impact of Improved Air Quality on Productivity and Health in the Workplace”
World Health Organization:
“Sick Building Syndrome”