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Indoor Air Quality

Friday, 12-Apr-2019 by Ryder AC
Indoor Air Quality  

Clean Air

Homes are now being built tighter to be more energy efficient. Existing homes are being tightened up with weather stripping, insulation, storm windows and doors. These energy savings come with a huge price, you now have toxic poor indoor air; and your fresh outdoor air is very limited.
When the indoor air becomes dirty and polluted, it’s trapped and recirculated. Tighter homes also keep moisture trapped, which is a breading ground for mold.

It is so important to clean the air by filtering out these pollutants because they can cause you to suffer from flu-like symptoms, such as headaches, nausea and respiratory irritation. They also can aggravate asthma and allergy conditions.

There are a number of things you can do to reduce the amount of pollutants in the air, such as frequent vacuuming and dusting, but the smallest particles that cause the most irritation can only be removed by filtering devices.

To complicate matters, there are three distinct types of indoor air pollutants Particulates –
~ dust ~ animal dander ~ pollen ~ carpet ~ fibers ~ dust mites ~ lint
Micro-organisms –
~ mold ~ viruses ~ influenza ~ bacteria ~ fungi ~ germs
Toxins(gases) –
~ benzine ~ carpet fumes ~ pet odors ~ chemical vapors ~ ozone ~ formaldehyde ~ smoke ~ carbon monoxide ~ paint ~ cleaning vapors ~ pesticides

If you have any of the following IN YOUR HOME...
  • PETS

  • 9 out of 10 breaths we draw are most likely drawn indoors: at school, the workplace restaurants, movie theaters and home.
  • The EPA ranks indoor air pollution among the top five environmental risks to public health.
  • Most homes generate about 40 pounds of dust per year for every 1500 square feet of space.
  • The average person breathes in 50,000 pollution particles a day, and takes 20,000 breaths a day.
  • Poor indoor air quality can cause or contribute to the development of chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma and hypersensitivity pneumonia.
  • For most American's it causes headaches, dry eyes, nasal congestion, nausea and fatigue.
In today’s world, we inhale toxins on a regular basis and it’s almost impossible to eliminate. What you inhale has an immediate and profound effect on such things as appetite, digestion, moods, depression, anxiety, irritability and sleep. Reducing the toxins that you breathe can have a very profound and dramatic impact on your health.
Since 1960 when central air conditioning became common in homes, cancer rates have doubled. Cancer is the #1 cause of death for children.
Since 1982, there has been a 26% increase in breast cancer. Breast cancer is the #1 cause of death for women between the ages of 35 and 54 years. Laundry detergents, household cleaners and pesticides are the primary suspects.
According to the State of Massachusetts Study, 1989, “50% of all illness is due to poor indoor air quality.”


Because they breathe faster than adults, children inhale 50% more air per pound of body weight than adults and are especially sensitive to air quality.
Children spend more than 90% of their time indoors, in the home (especially with the lure of personal computers and video games), school, hockey arenas and shopping malls. Research has shown that concentrations of pollutants can be up to 100 times higher indoors than outdoors.
Children are most susceptible to indoor air pollution as their small bodies and undeveloped immune systems are less able to effectively cope. Also children’s lungs are still developing and they have a higher metabolic rate, which means they require more oxygen. They breathe 3 times faster than do adults and so they tend to absorb 3 times more pollutants and toxic vapors than adults, according to the US National Center for Health Statistics.
For children (and adults) this all translates to immune deficiency, lowered IQ rates, headaches, depression, anxiety, inability to concentrate, attention deficit hyperactivity, shortness of breath, joint pain, sexual problems, memory loss and cancer.
Cancer is the #1 cause of death for children.
According to the Environmental Contamination and Toxicology Institute, until a child is approximately 13 months old, they have virtually no ability to fight the biological and neurological effects of toxic chemicals. A child’s immune system is not fully developed until they are approximately 12 years old.
The report states there has been a 25% increase rate of childhood cancers in the past 25 years, all believed to be influenced by exposure to environmental contaminants.
The US National Cancer Institute states that “Child brain and nervous system cancers have increased 26% overall – in children under 5 years old, brain cancer rose 53% and leukemia is up 18%.”
Pollutants including lead, mercury, pesticides, PCBs and dioxins can reduce intelligence and slow central nervous system development in fetuses.
According to The Learning Disabilities Association of America, 12 million children under the age of 18 suffer from learning disabilities and behavior disorders such as hyperactivity and attention deficit disorder.
ADD/ADHD is epidemic in schools today. Behavioral problems have long been linked to exposure to toxic chemicals and mold. Use of Ritalin has skyrocketed since 1990.
Parents who keep a spotless house may be triggering an asthma attack. According to Australian researchers, who conducted a study, toddlers exposed to fumes from solvents and cleaning products at home are most at risk. Polishes, room fresheners and new carpets were some of the triggers. Children exposed to the highest levels of volatile organic compounds were 4 times more likely to have asthma. Benzene which is used to make rubbers, dyes and detergents, and is also a component of gasoline, has been linked to cancers.
Damage to organs caused by environmental chemicals frequently cannot be repaired or corrected once the injury has occurred. Prevention is therefore essential - Herbert L. Needleman, M.D. and Philip J. Landrigan, M.D., authors of "Raising Children Toxic Free"


An average home now probably stores about 62,000+ chemicals - most of them in the kitchen and bathroom.
The New York Poison Control Center reported that 85% of product warning labels were inadequate or incorrect for identifying a poison and for first aid instructions.
Pesticides only have to include active ingredients on the labels, even though the inert (inactive) ingredients may account for 99%, many of which are toxic and poisonous.
In children, the risk of leukemia and brain tumors increases dramatically in households using home and garden pesticides, herbicides and insecticides.
Volatile Organic Compounds are off-gassed from new furniture, often lacquered with formaldehyde, particleboard paneling or shelving, stuffed furniture (often coated with a stain treatment) and even carpeting.
Volatile Organic Compounds are emitted from air fresheners, bleach products, household cleaning products, deodorizers, dish washing detergents, disinfectants, dry cleaned clothing, fabric softeners, laundry detergents, furniture polishes, metal polishes, oven cleaners, glues, paints, solvents, mineral deposit removers, pesticides, garden chemicals, personal care products and more.
Formaldehyde, phenol, benzene, toluene, xylene are found in common household cleaners, cosmetics, beverages, fabrics and cigarette smoke. These chemicals are cancer causing and toxic to the immune system.
Products containing formaldehyde can cause allergies, asthma, cancer and immune deficiency diseases.
Products containing phenols such as mouthwash, acne medications, wallpaper, baking powder, sugar substitutes, computers and television sets, are absorbed by the lungs and skin. They are known to cause caustic burns, kidney and liver damage, as well as hyperactivity.
The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has found more than 2500 chemicals in cosmetics that are toxic, cause tumors, reproductive complications, biological mutations and skin and eye irritations.
Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, circulatory disorders, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, depression and hormonal problems are diseases commonly related to chemical exposure.
According to the American Lung Association, carpets emit volatile organic compounds, as do products that accompany carpet installation such as adhesives and padding. Symptoms include eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches, skin irritations, shortness of breath or cough, and fatigue. On the other hand, carpet can act as a sink for chemical and biological pollutants including pesticides, dust mites, and fungi. Carpets, drapes, bedding and stuffed animals are all dust magnets. A 6 year old pillow can get 1/10 of its weight from mites and mite droppings.
According to the American Lung Association, carpets emit volatile organic compounds, as do products that accompany carpet installation such as adhesives and padding. Symptoms include eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches, skin irritations, shortness of breath or cough, and fatigue. On the other hand, carpet can act as a sink for chemical and biological pollutants including pesticides, dust mites, and fungi. Carpets, drapes, bedding and stuffed animals are all dust magnets. A 6 year old pillow can get 1/10 of its weight from mites and mite droppings.


Tighter homes can keep moisture trapped. Use of more outside air for ventilation can also make a building mold-prone, if that outside air is moisture-laden. Sinks, toilets, tubs, soap dishes and floors are prime targets for mold. While some molds are benign, others are toxic. Mold can suppress the immune system. One can become immediately sensitized and develop allergies upon contact with large areas of mold growth.
Different species of mold have different potential health effects. Pathogenic molds are those that can cause disease in humans. Toxigenic molds are those that contain potent poisons (mycotoxins), usually on the surface of the spores. The spores of the pathogenic and toxigenic molds can be harmful even after the mold colony has stopped growing.
When spores are airborne or the fungal mass is disturbed, an occupant with preexisting allergies to molds will react with running nose, eye and throat irritation, cough, etc. Prolonged exposure to mold in buildings may result in development of allergies in individuals who did not have allergies to mold before. Asthmatics are at risk of reacting to indoor mold with more frequent and severe attacks.
Symptoms associated with toxigenic molds include headache, sore throat, cough, skin rash, flu-like symptoms, nosebleeds, fatigue, fever, etc.
High exposures to, the mold, stachybotrys chartarum have been implicated in several cases of infant deaths in homes.
Moldy materials remain allergenic, infectious, or toxic even after the surfaces have dried and further growth has stopped.

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