The Importance of Indoor Air Quality (Part One)
Air purification holds its weight in improving wellness — learn more about its role.
What does optimal health and wellness look like to you? For some it’s eating well and staying active — staying hydrated, drinking green juice, and moving may all be a part of what you do to feel your best, but is there a piece to your wellness that may be missing?
At Pionair, we’re here to elevate your wellbeing through the pure, clean air you breathe! Indoor air quality plays a vital role in your health, and it can only be improved when it’s improved! Follow along today to get a better understanding of why the quality of the indoor air you breathe is so important.
Poor Air Quality: Disrupting Health And Increasing Illness!
Because the majority of Americans spend over 90% of their time indoors, breathing clean air is imperative to our health. Many times we’re breathing in contaminated air and we don’t even realize it — indoor air can be two to five times more polluted than our outdoor environment!
What is indoor air quality?
Indoor air quality is the air within homes and businesses and how it relates to the health of those who occupy it, and when you can control and optimize common pollutants within, you can improve your health and reduce your risk of air quality related health concerns.
The concern with indoor air quality is that it’s unseen so we can’t really tell when and if we’re being affected, but it has both short- and long-term effects to our health when we’re exposed.
Short-term effects – If your home or business is contaminated with common pollutants (more on those later) it can impact your health just after a single exposure. Common symptoms include:
- Irritated eyes, nose, and throat
Long-term effects – If you’re exposed to indoor air pollutants over the years, long-term health difficulties can include:
- Respiratory concerns
- Heart disease
What makes poor indoor air quality so sinister is the fact that symptoms could be attributed to a host of things, and most don’t even consider the air they breathe as a cause.
There is a simple solution — cleaning and purifying the air you breathe! If you have the option, why not take preventative precautions to enhance the indoor air quality?
What causes poor indoor air quality?
There are a variety of factors that affect indoor air quality and common sources include:
- Tobacco products
- Fuel from appliances (gas or wood burning stoves)
- Chemicals from home goods (paint, furniture, cabinetry)
- Household cleaners
- Personal care products
- HVAC issues
The most important thing to consider is the quantity of any single source and how long its been affecting the air. For example, air fresheners, paints with VOCs, and mattresses can all leach pollutants continuously while smoking and household cleaning products are more infrequent.
Inadequate ventilation is another factor that impacts indoor air quality. When your home or business is buttoned up tightly with no air flow, this can cause an excess of pollutants to buildup and expand within the dwelling — the pollutants buildup with nowhere to escape!
This is why there is some benefit to venting your house occasionally. In houses with older windows, typically wood-framed, they naturally let the house breathe a little bit because air is able to escape.
Newer windows, however, are sealed so tightly for energy efficiency (which is great) that no air comes in or out. Whatever your window situation is, air out your home by cracking windows and doors a couple of times throughout the month.
How important is indoor air quality? It’s very important! And, if you are dealing with health concerns you can’t pinpoint the root of the issue, poor air quality may be playing a role. So, as you’re going about your health and wellness regimen, consider ways to improve your indoor air quality to improve your health!
How does one improve their indoor air quality? We’re so glad you asked! We’ll cover practical ways to tackle your air quality in part two, so look for a new post very soon.
Use us as a resource for all of your questions and concerns when it comes to indoor air quality — our blog is a valuable resource! And to learn about all of our UV air purifiers, peruse our products today!