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Indoor Air Quality Control

Indoor air quality control is important to keep building occupants healthy and alert. Indoor air quality for homes is just as important as it is for offices and businesses. It's important to keep volatile organic compounds (VOCs) minimized indoors. Air filters, air purifiers, and plants are part of the quality control you can use to improve indoor air quality.

Indoor air quality control is managing indoor air so it's clean and fresh. There are many reasons to pay attention to what's in indoor air. Even if you are a non-smoker with no pets, there are still toxins in the air that can cause health problems. The answer to these problems is the use of an air filter -- mechanical or natural -- and/or air purifier. Understanding the need for clean air is important.

Indoor air quality tends to be low. This is due in part because the structure traps air into it, not allowing the introduction of fresh air. Inside air picks up toxins and pollutants, decreasing its quality. Notice sun streaming through a window and see the tiny particles floating around, those are some of the pollutants being discussed here; imagine what you see times millions -- that's the scope of the problem.

Why does it matter what your indoor air quality is? While you may not be affected by it right now, you may be down the road, and others can be now. Health issues like asthma, allergies, even cancers, are associated with air pollutants. Some people react to poor air quality much faster than others. People who aren't sensitive today can develop sensitivities with exposure, and those who are sensitive to day can become more so with exposure. The pollutants are breathed in and attach to the body's cells. This kind of exposure can eventually cause health problems. Now is the time to tend to indoor air quality control, before people start getting sick.

One step you can take is to install and run an air purifier or filter. This will help to remove many of the pollutants from the air allowing you to breathe easier. The body can rid itself of pollutants when given a chance. Between the body's self-healing mechanisms and providing clean air, diseases associated with poor air quality can be eased.

Another step you can take is to be careful about the building materials used. Some products emit high volumes of VOCs, so by avoiding those products fewer toxins are introduced. Because of the heightened awareness of the health problems associated with poor indoor air quality, there are an increasing number of products that emit low to no VOCs. Products such as paints and finishes, carpets and floor coverings, construction materials, furniture and cleaning chemicals are prone to emitting high VOCs and should be evaluated before use.

Introducing fresh air, that's been filtered first of course, inside and circulating that through the building will also improve indoor air quality for homes, offices and businesses. In nature air is stirred around by convection and wind, allowing for the dilution and dissipation of pollutants. By creating a false environment, that cleaning mechanism is removed from buildings. Restoring it will help your indoor air quality control.

Using plants indoors will also contribute to good air quality. Plants [see article for list] clean the air, add oxygen, and raise the humidity in a room. Plants don't use electricity to clean the air either, another bonus of plants.

Having fresh air allows building occupants to breathe better, lowering their health risk associated with poor air quality. On top of that, it can help to relieve the symptoms that you already have as well. For those who suffer from a condition such as asthma, this is crucial. Purchase the correct type of air purifier, run it as directed and you too will benefit from better air quality within your home.