Pollutions in our homes
Since the outdoor air contains a certain amount of pollutants such as car exhaust or pollen, it means that the air that comes into our homes is already soiled. To these pollutions in our homes are added pollutants generated indoors, such as allergenic particles from pets and gases from furniture, machinery, building materials, etc. Even our clothes, perfume, cooking, mites from the skin and hair and exhaled air contribute pollutants to the indoor air.
But that newly purchased couch is neither dusty or dirty, does not affect well on air quality? It does not, but probably couch is impregnated with various agents for example, soil release or fire insurance. Also other things in home such as electronics, textiles, building materials etc. are often treated with flame retardants that are released slowly in the indoor air. Formaldehyde and phthalates are other hazardous substances that are often mentioned in the context surrounding the indoor environment and health. These are available in a variety of everyday items such as perfume, solvents, plastics, cleaning chemicals etc. The substances released and dispersed in the air, which we breathe.
Did you know that:
- Phthalates affect hormone balance and may reduce reproductive ability!
- We all contritube to a pollution in a way that we all emit carbon dioxide that others have to breathe. Inhaling too much carbon dioxed means headaches, feel dizzy and nauseous. Increase of carbon dioxed in homes is almost always beacuse the ventilation (natural or mechanical) has not been calibrated enough for the number of people indoors, or that there is no ventilation at all.
- The carbon dioxide levels indoors are used as indicators of the general level of contamination.
- If indoor climate is too poor, it can lead to Sick Building Syndrome (SBS).