All you need to know about indoor air pollution.
We spend about 90% of our time indoors. In most cases, indoor air can be 8-10 times more polluted than outdoor air. The most common reason is poor ventilation, but gases coming from cooking and heating, chemicals from poor building materials, candles, and household cleansers can also be among the causes.
Polluted air is causing serious health problems and it also reduces overall performance. In the short term, indoor air pollution can cause irritated or dry mucous membranes in the eyes, nose, respiratory tract, and throat. It may also cause dizziness, fatigue, fever, forgetfulness, headaches, irritability, lethargy, and nausea.
Often, the health effects of indoor air pollution are attributed to colds and the flu but they can build into asthma, hypersensitivity, pneumonitis, and Legionnaire’s disease.
Researchers have found that childhood diagnoses of allergies, autism, Asperger’s and Tourette’s syndrome are linked to indoor pollutants, such as dust, phthalates, PVC flooring, and second-hand smoke.
Bad air is a health risk for babies.
Babies are still developing and growing, and therefore, they are very much affected by their environment. Constant exposure to VOCs has been linked to children having allergies and eczema and even having a lower IQ.
Also, being in contact with VOCs during pregnancy has been shown to increase the risk that the baby will be born prematurely or have stunted growth. I detect, when VOCs are in your home and/or nursery so that you can keep the smallest members of your family healthy.
There are many sources of VOCs, such as furniture, aerosol sprays, cleansers, dry-cleaned clothing, etc. The best way to keep your indoor air safe is to have a good ventilation system, and in case of constantly high level of VOCs, to get rid of their source.