Air quality is an important consideration within any enclosed space. We spend almost 90% of our time indoors yet we may not know that the air quality is often poor and unhealthy.
According to the United States EPA, residential indoor air pollution can actually be a bigger health risk than the pollution found in the air around industrial areas. Maintaining good air quality indoors protects you from irritating pollutants and potentially dangerous gases like carbon monoxide and radon.
Poor indoor air quality (IAQ) can contribute to a number of unfortunate health problems such as headaches, dizziness, fatigue, asthma, or even respiratory diseases. Poor ventilation can lead to the growth of mold, mildew, and amplify the proliferation of other toxins that may already reside within the space.
That being said, there’s plenty you can do to reduce the number of toxins within your space. Here are a few ideas:
» Buy better paint
Insist on using low or no-VOC when painting your interiors. Volatile organic compounds, which are most easily described as harmful vapors or gases, are terrible to inhale and should be avoided whenever possible.
» Exercise your green thumb
Grow some plants indoors! Plants use the pores on their leaves to absorb carbon and other gases, which in turn provides them energy for photosynthesis and cleans the air in the process.
» Ditch the carpet
Invest in wood floors, stone, concrete – basically any washable, relatively non-porous surface will be an improvement over carpet. Carpet is made with all sorts of noxious chemicals, like for instance, formaldehyde, and has the added disadvantage of being annoyingly good at hanging onto things like dust and various pollutants even when properly cared for.
» Ventilate, ventilate, ventilate
Be sure to install fans and air conditioners in areas that tend to trap humidity in order to prevent the growth of mold and other harmful spores.
» Let in some fresh air
Typical heating and cooling systems, while efficient at clearing out damp air, tend to just recirculate the pollutants. Throwing open a window or a door provides mildly effective fresh air circulation, but opening up a NanaWall system? Far better. Install a NanaWall system and you can open an entire wall to the outdoors, which will allow for exponentially more and better ventilation.
However you decide to address the IAQ of your space – be it a home, office, or establishment, being aware of contributing factors is the first step to creating a healthier indoor environment.