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Possibly the Least Boring Guide Ever In 3 Parts

Foreword: A Small Word from the Author. If you are among those of us on planet earth who breathe air, it may be worth taking a short break from the Netflix series you’re currently bingeing to read this. We are not a formal authority on the topic of Indoor Air Quality, but the sources we’ve drawn from are. That said, we encourage you to do your own research, as well.

Thank you and enjoy.

 

Part 1

There’s no way around it: we’re all spending more time at home these days. With health and safety on everyone’s mind right now, there’s a good chance you busted out some cleaning supplies, cranked up the tunes, and went full-on Mrs. Doubtfire. No shame in that!

While regular air guitar solos cleaning can help to improve Indoor Air Quality , we can do more even more to improve IAQ in the places we live and work daily. Yet, this begs the question:

“What exactly is indoor air quality?”.

If the sun was shining  just right, you might notice tiny particles floating around. That’s just one example of how we can observe air quality – but there’s lots more to going on with IAQ than what can been seen by the naked eye. Here’s what to know. . .

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Indoor Air Quality: the basics

IAQ has the potential to either positively benefit, or negatively impact our health and comfort. Indoor Air Pollutants are a detriment to good IAQ. Those among the most susceptible to poor indoor air quality include children, the elderly, as well as individuals living with respiratory issues. Air pollutants come from a surprisingly wide range of sources, and can include everything the obvious to the ominous.

The Obvious

A.k.a – “Biological Pollutants” Bacteria, Viruses, Animal Dander, Dust, Insects & Pollen

The Ominous

A.ka. – “Man Made Pollutants”

Asbestos, Carbon Monoxide, Formaldehyde, Lead,

Nitrogen Dioxide, Nitrogen Dioxide, Pesticides, Radon,

Indoor Particulate Matter, Secondhand Smoke, and

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

VOCs are chemicals that easily turn to vapor at room temperature, and, as a result, can become part of the indoor air we breathe. Inhaling VOCs can present both short term, and long term health consequences. We’ll dig deeper into VOCs next time, stay tuned…