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Indoor Air Pollution – “The Inside Story”

Today, people spend large portion of their time indoors – as much as 80-90% of their lives. One third of that time is spent sleeping, in enclosed environments where air circulation may be restricted. Thus, a experts feel that more people experience the ill effects of the impacts of indoor air pollution than outside pollution.

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Dire need to curb indoor air pollution.  

Experts believe polluted air can significantly reduce life expectancy of residents of a city. Very few people are aware of this, and so far there hasn’t been a big demand for action to improve things.

Expanding ventilation has one admonition. However if you live in a place with high degree of humidity or higher rate of air pollutants. In this case, increased ventilation might really decline indoor air pollution. In the event that the open air you’re pulling in is sifted to evacuate destructive particles, you have little to stress over. If it’s not, you may want to settle on moderate ventilation rates.

Apart from ventilation, you can minimize the organic contaminants in your home by keeping up a moistness level of 30 to 50 percent. More elevated amounts empower dust bugs and mold development. Keeping covers clean and dry, and essentially keeping up a clean house additionally demoralize organic contaminants.

If you’re worried about the potential harm from household cleaners, you have two options. The first is to carefully follow the instructions on the label, use them in well-ventilated areas, and store and dispose of them safely. The second is to pick a product that is made with benign ingredients. If you’re unsure, read the label: If a product doesn’t list its ingredients or has any “warnings,” it’s probably not safe.

Frequently Asked Question ( FAQs ) 

What is Indoor Air Pollution?

Indoor air pollution consists of toxic gases or particles that can harm your health. These pollutants can build up rapidly indoors to levels much higher than those usually found outdoors. This is especially true if large amounts of a pollutant are released indoors. Moreover, “tighter” construction in newer homes can prevent pollutants from escaping to the outdoors.

What is used to monitor indoor air quality?

There are a range of technologies used to measure air quality and the choice of technology depends on what needs to be measured. The three main components of air quality are Particulate Materials (PM), carbon dioxide (CO2) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

What industries will usually use sensors to monitor indoor air quality?

Air quality is already being measured as a part of intelligent heating and building controls in commercial buildings.  Sensors are already being introduced in air purifiers. Going forward, we believe the sky is the limit in terms of the potential applications for our products; whether they are used in mobile devices, within schools, in the home or outside, to determine environmental pollution.

What can be done to prevent pollution?

Did you know that your home and office contribute to the greenhouse effect? Energy used in our everyday activities — turning on electrical appliances, driving cars, and heating and cooling our homes — is responsible for air pollution that contributes to climate change. Technologies are available today that can cut this energy use significantly and, at the same time, improve our quality of life.