Test Your Indoor Air Quality
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) refers to the air quality within and around buildings and structures, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of building occupants. Understanding and controlling common pollutants indoors can help reduce your risk of indoor health concerns. Health effects from indoor air pollutants may be experienced soon after exposure or possibly years later.
Immediate Effects: Some health effects may show up shortly after a single exposure or repeated exposures to a pollutant. These include irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. Such immediate effects are usually short-term and treatable. Sometimes the treatment is simply eliminating the person’s exposure to the source of the pollution if it can be identified. Soon after exposure to some indoor air pollutants symptoms of some diseases such as asthma may show up be aggravated or worsened.
The likelihood of immediate reactions to indoor air pollutants depends on several factors including age and preexisting medical conditions. In some cases, whether a person reacts to a pollutant depends on individual sensitivity which varies tremendously from person to person. Some people can become sensitized to biological or chemical pollutants after repeated or high-level exposures.
Certain immediate effects are similar to those from colds or other viral diseases so it is often difficult to determine if the symptoms are a result of exposure to indoor air pollution. For this reason, it is important to pay attention to the time and place symptoms occur. If the symptoms fade or go away when a person is away from the area, for example, an effort should be made to identify indoor air sources that may be possible causes. Some effects may be made worse by an inadequate supply of outdoor air coming indoors or from the heating, cooling or humidity conditions prevalent indoors.
Long-Term Effects: Other health effects may show up either year after exposure has occurred or only after long or repeated periods of exposure. These effects, which include some respiratory diseases, heart disease and cancer, can be severely debilitating or fatal. It is prudent to try to improve the indoor air quality in your home even if symptoms are not noticeable.
While pollutants commonly found in indoor air can cause many harmful effects, there is considerable uncertainty about what concentrations or periods of exposure are necessary to produce specific health problems. People also react very differently to exposure to indoor air pollutants. Further research is needed to better understand which health effects occur after exposure to the average pollutant concentrations found in homes and which occurs from the higher concentrations that occur for short periods of time.
The best way to determine air quality in a building is to have the air tested. Methods of testing indoor air quality can vary depending upon the substance of concern. If we suspect an air pollution problem in our homes, sometimes our first instinct is to measure contaminant levels. Indoor air quality testing can be a valuable resource, but we must be strategic and selective about the process. According to the Connecticut Department of Public Health, measurement of pollutants (other than radon) will be most useful when a specific contaminant is already a likely suspect.
The EPA describes common indoor pollutants that might be present in your home/office:
• Biological pollutants like mold, dander, pollen, dust mites, and bacteria
• Chemical pollutants which include volatile organic compounds (VOCs) like formaldehyde and the other chemical pollutants lead and radon
• Combustion pollutants like carbon monoxide and tobacco smoke (incidentally, VOCs and other chemical pollutants may result from combustion)
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