Indoor air contamination is one of the major causes of health problems. The thing regarding air contaminants is that they can hide in plain view. The elements that cause air contamination are so trivial that they are almost invisible to the naked eye. However, this invisibility makes them even more harmful to unsuspecting office-goers and homeowners. Here are four major indoor air pollutants.
Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally in the ground and enters your home. Radon is among the leading causes of lung cancer in the U.S. The concentration in buildings differs locally and regionally. There are unique and relatively economical ways to regulate radon levels when the concentration is high.
They involve using a small fan attached to a PVC plumbing system to minimize the gas pressure from the ground and release harmless radon-rich air into the atmosphere. The system draws in air from under the foundation plate and normally exhausts without damaging the roof level atmosphere.
2. Excess Humidity
Moisture is a major and least acknowledged indoor pollutant and has an impact on humans and building health. The most common humidity problems go up when warm, humid air meets a cold surface, such as a window, mirror, or a cooler wall. Cooler air may hold less humidity; hence, excess air condenses into drops on the exterior.
Where dampness collects, so do mildew, dust mites, and molds, resulting in allergies or asthma, destruction of wood products, and acceleration of the oxidation of structural metal parts.
3. Tobacco Smoke
Smoking is unique because of its well-documented health effects. It produces large amounts of harmful particles and gases. Few activities are more harmful than smoking from health and indoor air quality point of view.
4. Volatile Organic Compounds
VOCs are various vaporized substances containing formaldehyde released from building and decoration materials such as carpets and furniture like garage gasoline, pesticides, and even baking or cooking processes. Most of these are irritations; however, some, like formaldehyde, are dangerous to health and are sometimes too low for you to detect.
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