Concern regarding environmental pollution and its adverse effects on human health has been in the news for years. Less publicized (but more alarming) are the health issues resulting from poor indoor air quality.
1. Worse than outdoor air. The United States EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) states indoor air quality can be five times more polluted than what is breathed outdoors. It ranks indoor air quality as one of the top five environmental health risks.
2. Those most vulnerable to poor air quality tend to stay indoors. Children, senior citizens, and those suffering from respiratory issues can worsen their health by prolonged exposure to indoor air.
3. City dwellers spend 90% of their time indoors. Although people who live in urban environments may think they’re avoiding pollution when inside, the opposite may be true.
Causes of Indoor Pollution
- Contaminants – Mould and fungi (caused by humidity), particulate materials (from furniture or construction), and chemicals ( malfunctioning appliances, insecticides, or household cleaners) all affect indoor air.
- HVAC Systems – HVAC systems that are not properly maintained may have poor ventilation, inadequate air circulation, and bacteria-harbouring humidity levels.
Inadequate indoor air quality inspires symptoms similar to those of the common cold. Complaints include:
- Dry, itchy, red eyes
- Irritation of the nose and throat
The characteristics of these symptoms can make it more difficult to determine and address indoor air quality issues if they are the source of the problem.
Improving indoor air quality is not difficult. A central vacuum system can remove pollutants from your home and office. In addition to their cleaning prowess, the Vacuflo Central Vacuum systems, with their patented cyclonic separation, have systems that do not require purchasing filters or bags, making them environmentally friendly. When installing central vacuum systems into condos or buildings that cannot have a vent line extended to the outside of the building, the systems have bags which collect the dirt (or the cyclonic filtration system with a filter) preventing airborne dust from being exhausted back into your living space. Built to vent dirt and dust outdoors, these vacuum systems can keep the air you breathe free from harmful pollutants.
Most of us spend the majority of our time indoors; if the air we’re breathing is rife with harmful substances it can cause serious health issues. Enlist the central vacuum services of Toronto-based Vacuflo Built-In Central Vacuum Systems, and get your own unit installed for safer and cleaner air. Call us at (416) 445-6886.