Indoor air quality in Nashville buildings is an issue that everyone should be concerned about. However, many people believe myths about indoor air quality that can lead to dangerous consequences, such as increased breathing issues. These myths, such as poor air quality only affecting people with breathing problems, can cause dirty and unhealthy living conditions. Read on for the facts behind unhealthy and dangerous myths about indoor air quality.
Myth #1: Air pollution does not occur indoors.
Air pollution may actually be higher indoors than it is outdoors, because indoor air is contained and there may be more chemicals and impurities circulating in the air. Homes and commercial buildings, especially new constructions, are made with tighter building products and techniques that seal buildings against intruding and escaping air. These techniques may inhibit fresh air from coming through and old air from leaving, and this can severely affect indoor air quality.
Myth #2: Poor air quality affects only asthma sufferers.
Many people believe that only those with respiratory issues will be affected by poor indoor air quality. This is a dangerous myth that can severely affect everyone’s health. People with breathing problems—from asthma, pneumonia, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease—will likely suffer increased breathing issues from poor indoor air quality. However, normally healthy people may suffer allergy symptoms, headaches, dizziness, and breathing problems from increased exposure to poor air quality.
Myth #3: Cleaning products do not affect air quality.
Indoor air quality can be heavily affected by cleaning products, chemical repair solutions, air fresheners, and burning candles. These products often carry several chemicals and volatile organic compounds, also known as VOCs, that can be emitted into the air. For example, many cleaning products recommend using the product in a well-ventilated area, because this can prevent the dangers of inhaling harmful fumes. It is crucial to continued health and improved indoor air quality to follow all directions when using cleaning products.