Indoor Air Quality and Related Health Issues

Research is surging in the last decade linking environmental air quality and causality for chronic breathing problems, basic illnesses and even more serious long-term and potentially fatal diseases. The conclusion that can be fairly reached is that people adversely affected by the lack of quality air they are breathing. The effects caused by poor indoor air may be even more graphic.

Many of the impurities trapped in a dwelling remain there and are recycled to be breathed all over again. Often the measurements of parts of the total are comprised of potentially damaging allergens, toxic molds, smoke residue and other attributes when breathed repetitively, can lead to serious health consequences.

The fact of some bad indoor air is unavoidable. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the United States:

"There are many sources of indoor air pollution in any home. These include combustion sources such as oil, gas, kerosene, coal, wood, and tobacco products; building materials and furnishings as diverse as deteriorated, asbestos-containing insulation, wet or damp carpet, and cabinetry or furniture made of certain pressed wood products; products for household cleaning and maintenance, personal care, or hobbies; central heating and cooling systems and humidification devices; and outdoor sources such as radon, pesticides, and outdoor air pollution."

Obviously there are some all too common elements creating the dangerous result of poor indoor air quality. They are all too common but also in many cases totally necessary in functional modern living. The EPA recommends the use of air filtration technology as one way to take air that would otherwise stagnate, and change the consistency by breaking up the impurities. The result is safer air that is more diluted of harmful elements. The air has greater purity much like you see outside in most areas.

The major benefit of Air Purification or Air Quality Systems as they are also known, is that they improve the immediate breathing experience for the user. Nagging issues like shortness of breath, lung, throat, nose, and sometimes mouth discomfort are alleviated. The basic reasons for these improvements are filtration and dilution of bad air components.

The EPA talks also about the essential nature of taking additional environmental improvement steps to coincided with the use of an air purifier. Air purifiers are no match for pervasive toxic second-hand smoke or imperceptible cases like Radon

Studies support the general conclusion that in the industrialized West, we spend over 90% of our total hours indoors. We're definitely a prisoner to our own ability to be knowledgeable about our indoor environment and to effectively control our environmental air quality.

Cheryl Boswell is a writer and researcher on health related products for the home. Connect with her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Bodyslimdowndotcom.

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