the health effects of poor indoor air quality

The health effects of poor indoor air quality

Tired, coughing, headaches and joint pains. Poor indoor air causes irritating symptoms and if not treated in time, the cycle of illness will only deepen. Poor indoor air quality is usually caused by a poorly functioning or non-existent ventilation system. Poor indoor air quality causes a wide range of symptoms that reduce quality of life and increase the use of health services and the cost of medicines. However, you can make a full recovery from incipient illnesses if you regularly maintain your ventilation system.

The health effects of poor indoor air quality include:

  • lung cancer, respiratory infections
  • tiredness, headache and nausea
  • dry skin and mucous membranes, rash
  • wheezing and snoring
  • mould-borne pneumoconiosis and other lung diseases
  • irritation of the eyes, nose, throat or pharynx
  • allergic rhinitis, asthma and conjunctivitis of the eye
  • nuisance, smell, noise, unpleasant lighting

A good test of how well your ventilation is working is to check where the fresh air is coming from in the bedroom. If you have to open a window to let fresh air in, your home ventilation is not working properly. When the indoor air feels stuffy, the first thing to do to fix it is to get your home ventilation right. In housing associations, the repair and replacement of the ventilation system is the responsibility of the association, but the cleaning and replacement of filters is the responsibility of the tenant. In private homes, ventilation is always the responsibility of the owner.

Tips for better indoor air:

  • Get filters for your ventilation windows
  • Get a working replacement air valve in every living room
  • Adjust IV machines correctly, clean and replace filters regularly
  • Clean ventilation valves in rooms a few times a year
  • Clean the extractor hood grease filter every few months
  • Clean the ventilation ducts every 5-8 years
  • Adjust the room temperature correctly, the right temperature increases living comfort and improves indoor air quality, the recommended indoor temperature is 21 degrees Celsius

The quality criterion for a good indoor climate is that the user does not experience any symptoms in the environment. Indoor air problems are often associated with damp and mould damage, although there may be other causes. If indoor air problems are detected in a building, but there is no visible mould, no typical mould smell caused by damp damage, no visible signs of damp damage, and no known history of damp damage, an indoor air condition survey should be considered.

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