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Improving Indoor Air Quality: Pollution Control

By Ronnie Piper November 29, 2017
Improving Indoor Air Quality: Pollution Control

In a perfect world removing all air pollutants would go a long way toward maintaining high indoor air quality. Unfortunately, pollution control isn’t within any one person’s control on a large scale.

The concept of pollution control refers to techniques used in the reduction or elimination of pollutants released into the environment. Pollution control has been an environmental concern of agencies and businesses for decades.

Ventilation

Pollutants can come into a house or building through windows, open doors, window sills and more. As a result providing plenty of ventilation can be key. Ventilation is much more than just cycling air in and out of an area. Ventilation refers to refreshing the indoor air with fresh air when weather and other factors permit. It also refers to the expulsion of indoor air that may already be compromised without allowing contaminants and already compromised air from the outdoors inside.

Proper ventilation is largely dependent on infrastructural design. Like other control systems the goal of proper ventilation is to amplify and increase human comfort. In some cases though these resources may exist, cost plays a major role in continuously using these measures for the wellbeing of everyone in a home or building.

Products and Indoor Air Quality

Despite your tried and true formulas of mixing or using chemicals for indoor purposes, there are alternative products available in the market that do not cause heightened indoor air quality concerns.

The average everyday chemical product you swear by releases volatile organic compounds (VOCs) as gases. Some VOCs have both long and short term effects on health. They have been found to be consistently higher indoors. VOCs can be found in everything from paint, solvents, aerosol sprays automotive products, dry-cleaned clothing, disinfectants and more.

Chemicals are the Enemy

There are also chemical air pollutants to take into account because your indoor air may be fraught with them. Some of these chemicals include carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, benzene, and nitrogen dioxide.

Here's What You Can Do About Pollution Control

To lessen the effect of these chemicals and VOCs you can use several approaches. Some include ventilation concerns including air filter swapping every 1-3 months and using a humidifier. Recommendations include:

1) Purchasing limited amounts of VOC producing chemicals

2) Disposing of partially used chemical products according to safety regulations

3) Using caution and avoiding prolonged exposure to the fumes.

Whether you decide to purchase alternatives, dispose of remnants or limit your exposure, knowing about the danger is half the battle. The other half is what you decide to do with the knowledge. Whatever your choice be aware that you may intend on using these chemicals for one reason but they could ultimately take a toll on your health.

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