Indoor Air Pollution Problem

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THE PROBLEM IS: Sick Building Syndrome

“The term “sick building syndrome” (SBS) is used to describe situations in which building occupants experience acute health and comfort effects that appear to be linked to time spent in a building, but no specific illness or cause can be identified.”-EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)Indoor Air Pollution Problem

Indoor Air Pollution

“Air pollution contributes to lung disease, including respiratory tract infections, asthma, and lung cancer. Lung disease claims close to 335,000 lives in America every year and is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Over the last decade, the death rate for lung disease has risen faster than for almost any other major disease.” -American Lung Association

woman with headache“A growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities.” -EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)

“Poor indoor air quality can cause or contribute to the development of chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma… In addition, it can cause headaches, dry eyes, nasal congestion, nausea and fatigue.” -American Lung Association

“Biological pollutants, including molds, bacteria, viruses, pollen, dust mites, and animal dander promote poor indoor air quality… leading to breathing problems.” -American Lung Association

 

What Causes Indoor Air Problems?

“By tightening up buildings, we may be transforming them into virtual gas chambers.”
–Dr. George Burch, Tulane University Medical School

New construction and tighter homes

Examples Of Indoor Air Pollution

Poor Air Ventilation

“If too little outdoor air enters a home, pollutants can accumulate to levels that can pose health and comfort problems.” -EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)

indoor air qualityInadequate ventilation can increase indoor pollutant levels by not bringing in enough outdoor air to dilute emissions from indoor sources and by not carrying indoor air pollutants out of the home. -EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)

High Humidity

“High temperature and humidity levels can also increase concentrations of some pollutants.” – EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)

 

Biological Contaminants

“Biological contaminants include bacteria, molds, mildew, viruses, animal dander …Contaminated central air handling systems can become breeding grounds for mold, mildew, and other sources of biological contaminants and can then distribute these contaminants through the home (See www.epa.gov/mold ).” – EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)

How Can I Tell If My Home Has A Problem?

woman with sicknes“Be aware of the presence of odors that signify excessive moisture or mold growths. If you notice a musty smell in your house, contact a qualified inspector to determine the source.” – www.Moldupdate.com

“Mold growth, which often looks like spots, can be many different colors and can smell musty. If you can see or smell mold, a health risk may be present.” – CDC (Center for Disease Control)