Indoor air quality is a growing concern. Whether battling allergic reactions or fighting germs and viruses to prevent other illnesses, indoor air plays a significant role in people’s overall health.
There are many common biological air contaminants that trigger asthma and other breathing issues, too. Some of these conditions include standing water and damp areas that foster the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Clutter, common household dust, dust mites and animal dander are more pollutants.
People can suffer from sneezing, watery eyes, coughing, shortness of breath, dizziness, lethargy, fever and digestive problems after being exposed to indoor air pollution and more severe reactions include hypersensitivity pneumonitis, allergic rhinitis and asthma. Young people, the elderly and people with comprised immune systems and chronic breathing issues are particularly susceptible to negative reactions from biological indoor air agents. Even people who experience only mild allergic reactions may suddenly experience severe symptoms after repeated exposure.
Infectious illnesses, such as Legionella, influenza, tuberculosis, measles, staphylococcus and chicken pox can be transmitted not only through contaminated hard surfaces, but through particles suspended in the air. The best way to fight indoor air pollution is with a good housekeeping routine and being diligent with good personal hygiene. In addition to properly cleaning these areas, an odour control product can be introduced to prolong the residual cleaning impact. Many traditional odour control products, however, are enzyme based, alcohol and fragrance laden, which can cause even more allergic reactions for users and occupants.
Indoor Air Quality Tips
- Control indoor sources of pollution with routine daily cleaning
- Manage any pest issues safely
- Use cleaning and odour control products that remove allergens and the source of pollutants without creating other issues for the users and occupants from harsh chemicals
- Clean critical touch points daily and use a disinfectant or mold/mildewstat to kill mold, mildew and bacteria when necessary
- Clean up any water that collects on surfaces – especially in the kitchens and bathrooms and around fireplaces or air conditioning vents
- Wash bedding, vacuum carpets and upholstery often to control dust mites and animal dander
- Use an air conditioning system to control humidity and prevent outdoor pollen from entering
- Keep air conditioning equipment maintained and change air filters often.