Thursday, August 8, 2013

Protect your health. Breathe clean air.

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28000 times a day our lungs fill up with a mixture of oxygen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, water and other trace gases. Every time we breathe we also inhale the particles polluting the air.

According to recent studies, we spend about 90 percent of our time indoors, in the office, at the gym but mostly at home. Having a healthy home becomes thus a serious issue.

Scientific research has shown that poor indoor air has a detrimental impact on our health, depending on the level of exposure and a person's immune system, from a general sense of discomfort to allergies, asthma and chronic conditions. Children, the elderly and people already suffering from pulmonary or cardiovascular disease are more vulnerable to the effects of air pollution.

At the workplace, poor air quality may reduce concentration and attendance affecting the productivity and performance. In most cases, the following symptoms were linked to poor air quality:
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dryness and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and skin
  • Headache
  • Allergies
  • Sinus congestion
  • Coughing and sneezing
  • Dizziness and nausea
Statistics have shown that the number of people affected by air pollution is comparable with those affected by obesity and lack of exercise and greater than those affected by traffic accidents and infectious diseases.

Indoor air quality is affected by numerous contaminants:
  • Off-gassing from building materials, furniture (dust, fiberglass, asbestos, gases, formaldehyde)
  • Airborne allergens (pollen, hair, dander and litter dust from pets)
  • Off-gassing from household chemicals, solvents, glues (toxic vapors, volatile organic compounds, VOCs)
  • Excessive moisture from cooking, bathing and laundering (microbial contaminants, fungi, molds, bacteria)
  • Emissions from electronic equipment and appliances (ozone)
Indoor air quality has become an important health and safety concern and regulatory agencies such as OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration in the U.S.) and CCOHS (Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety) recommend the implementation of IAQ management systems at the workplace.

If you think poor indoor air is affecting you, Quatro Air Technologies has a solution for you. Call us at 1-877-978-2876 or visit our website.

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