Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) & What you need to know!

Breathing is one of the most natural and yet important things we do each day..

Did you know that everyday we take almost 20,000 breaths?

Did you also know that according to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), indoor air is roughly 2 to 5 times worse than outdoors, containing hundreds of toxic chemicals like formaldehyde and benzene found in carpets, furniture and plastics to dust, tiny particulates, mold, VOC's (volatile organic compounds), carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and the list goes on and on...

Many of you may have experienced walking into an office or room and suddenly experiencing coughing, running or burning eyes. In some cases, being in a conference room full of people and feeling a sense of drowsiness or low energy. Well more than likely you have experienced symptoms of poor indoor air quality; in this case either mildew or VOCs in the air, or high levels of carbon dioxide or carbon monoxide.

While these symptoms may be temporary and go away when you leave the room or office space, it doesn't necessarily mean that it cannot create further harm down the line. Studies have shown that poor indoor air quality can lead to other health problems, lung disease and even cancer.

So while we may like to think that healthy eating, exercise and ensuring you get a good night's sleep are the key pillars to healthy living, well there's a fourth pillar we need to look at closely.. and that' the air we breathe each day. With air quality being the single biggest environmental hazard in the world (WHO), we will over the next few days talk about how we can detect poor air quality, and then what we can do to ensure that the air we breathe is living giving , clean and not harmful to us and our loved ones.

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