Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is a term given to the air quality within and around buildings and structures, particularly as it relates to and affects the health and comfort of the occupants. IAQ can have both immediate and long-term effects on your health and for this reason it is important to know how to improve it.
Poor Indoor Air Quality can be caused by one or more of the following:
Sometimes you may feel an immediate reaction after entering a space with poor air quality. You might experience irritation of the eyes, nose and throat, headaches, coughing, sneezing, dizziness, and fatigue. These symptoms can be treated quite easily, sometimes by just removing the source or reason for the poor IAQ. Short-term exposure to poor IAQ can also aggravate symptoms of diseases such as asthma.
Whether or not you will experience immediate symptoms varies from person to person and is dependent on several factors such as sensitivity to allergens, age, pre-existing medical conditions, and the like. Some people become sensitized to pollutants after repeatedly being exposed to high levels of such pollutants.
Certain symptoms are quite similar to those from colds or other viral diseases. It is therefore important to take note of the time and place the symptoms started appearing and whether they fade once you leave a certain space in order to determine whether or not it is in fact the poor IAQ which is to blame.
Sometimes health problems only show up after long periods of exposure to poor IAQ. These include certain respiratory diseases, heart disease, and cancer. It is clear that the long-term consequences of poor IAQ can be serious, if not fatal. You should therefore always make an effort to improve the IAQ even if short-term symptoms are not noticeable.
Steps to Improve IAQ
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