Indoor air quality has become a significant concern for many households, especially during this pandemic period where there is limited movement, hence most people spend a significant amount of their time at home.
Notably, air contaminants that typically accumulate in your home can pose a serious health risk if you fail to execute effective indoor air quality improvement measures. You, therefore, need to ensure your indoor air is clean at all times.
So what are some of the common air pollutants?
Smoke within indoor air spaces mainly originates from two sources; tobacco and kitchen smoke. Depending on the source, particulate smoke is primarily composed of two things; solid carbon particles and miniature oil droplets. If the source is tobacco, solid carbon indoor air contaminants arise from incomplete combustion of raw tobacco. In the case of kitchen smoke, the oil particulates form when liquid oil heats beyond its melting point.
The unburnt carbon from cigarettes features an array of chemically-active compounds, capable of adversely affecting the respiratory systems after prolonged exposure to the smoke. Kitchen smoke, on the other hand, mainly contains chemically-inert vaporized oil droplets. However, prolonged inhalation of kitchen smoke can reduce the surface areas for gaseous exchange within the alveoli of the lungs. These harmful side effects of inhaling smoke particulates are yet another reason to implement indoor air quality improvement techniques in your home.
Aerosol products including hair sprays, air fresheners, and insecticidal sprays, produce microscopic droplets containing a variety of Volatile Organic Substances or VOCs.
Unfortunately, most of these VOCs are chemically active, which means prolonged inhalation of fine spray droplets can result in significant damage to the respiratory system. That’s why it is highly advisable to implement appropriate indoor air quality improvement methods in your home that effectively eliminate spray droplets.
Other Indoor Air Contaminants
Other indoor air pollutants that you should be keen to eliminate from indoor air include household dust, pollen, fungal spores, pet dander, and dust mites. Most of these pollutants originate outside your home.
Eliminating Harmful Indoor Air Contaminants
Changing your air conditioners’ filters (at least once per month) is the most straightforward indoor air quality improvement strategy you can implement. Properly functioning filters are capable of removing almost all indoor air contaminants, allowing you to realize optimum indoor air quality at all times.
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