Indoor Air Quality

Written by Norene Anderson
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Indoor air quality is a problem for millions of school children and the millions of employees in various buildings across the nation. This problem does not go away when the majority of people get home. Indoor air pollution is one of the main environmental health risks. Many illnesses resulting from the inhalation of harmful contaminants cause missed work days and school absences.

The quality of indoor air can easily be up to 100 times worse in pollutants than outdoor air. Part of the reason is simply the fact that indoor air is recycled over and over while outdoor air is continually moving. Pollutants can build up and collect to a level that is very harmful to the respiratory health. People with any type of allergy can have serious health consequences if the contaminants are not removed from the air.

Evaluate Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality can be improved tremendously with the right kind of air filtering system. Many are available, but not all work equally. Mold is one of the hardest offenders to get rid of. The first step in relief is to locate the source of moisture that is feeding the growth. Mold cannot grow without adequate moisture. The next step is to utilize the technology available in air cleaning systems designed to kill the mold spores.

Look carefully at the claims on any air purifying or cleaning system. Check for a rating of MERV 12 to be assured the very cleanest air possible. Many of the systems are also designed to kill mold and even bacteria such as staphylococcus. The indoor air quality is most critical since close to 90 percent of the time is spent indoors for most people.


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