Pandemic Shines Spotlight on Indoor Air Quality
The argument and controversy surrounding air quality have never been more spoken, and the pandemic has pushed building ventilation and air cleaning into the spotlight. People want to know that buildings are well-ventilated and that the air is free from toxins and viruses. We are more aware than ever of the air we breathe and the health consequences of polluted air. This includes both indoor and outdoor air.
Furthermore, the advent of COVID-19 resulted in a shift in working patterns for many employees, who now work from home remotely. However, when compared to traditional office settings with better air conditioning and ventilation systems, residences may not be an ideal working environment. Furthermore, activities carried out by individuals at home may contribute to increased indoor air pollution, hence contributing to additional unfavourable health consequences.
The study found that the air quality in homes was worse than in the workplace before the pandemic for all participants. People also experienced a higher frequency of sick building syndrome (SBS) symptoms while working from home. Home Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) was specifically worse than outdoor air quality, and PM2.5 levels in all households while working from home exceeded the health-based threshold of 12 µg/m3 .
Do you know that: when at rest, the normal human inhales, and exhales around 13kg of air every day? This contrasts with the approximately 2kg of food and 3kg of fluids we consume. The amount of health advice on breathing is much less than the amount of information on what we should eat and drink.
In this article, we highlight some of the key factors affecting indoor air quality, and what you can do to improve it.
Close the Door on Air Pollution? Don’t Think So…
We might think that by closing our doors and windows we leave all the adverse effects of pollution out of our house, but the reality is quite different. Indoor air quality can often be worse than outdoors.
Indoor Air Quality
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) refers to the air quality within and around buildings and structures, particularly as it relates to building occupants' health and comfort. Understanding and eliminating common indoor contaminants can help you lower your risk of indoor health issues.