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Five Common Types of Indoor Air Pollution Many Don’t Know They’ve Been Exposed To

By March 10, 2016 No Comments
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Camfil air filtration specialists discuss the most common forms of indoor air pollutants that many people are exposed to daily, but most are unaware of.

Indoor air pollution can be as problematic as outdoor air pollution. Like poor air quality outdoors, individuals who are exposed to pollutants in the air in commercial or residential buildings can develop a number of health complications, some which can even become fatal. A recent study on the matter shows that across the globe an estimated 5.5 million people die annually due to both indoor and outdoor pollution induced health problems each year.

Source: The Irish Times Report “Air pollution kills more than 5.5m people a year”

“Air pollution kills more than 5.5 million people each year, new research has shown. Most of the deaths occur in China and India, two of the world’s fastest-growing economies, say scientists. International researchers conducted estimates of indoor and outdoor air pollution levels in the two countries and calculated their impact on health.”

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Data also shows that higher rates of indoor air pollution have led to an increase in the number of people who have developed indoor allergens.

Source: KFOXTV Report “Indoor air pollution and allergies on the rise”

“EL PASO, Texas- — We usually think of air pollution as being outdoors, but the air in your home or your office could be just as polluted. Dr. Adrian Casillas is an allergist at Breathe America in El Paso. He said modern construction of homes and offices can increase our exposure to allergens in the home. “The construction of houses now does not allow for that much exchange between the outdoor air and the indoor air, so we tend to recycle a lot of the allergens that we have indoors,” said Casillas. With more people staying indoors, the number of people with allergies is rising.

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Common Indoor Air Pollutants That Harm Human Health

According to clean air solutions expert Camfil, there are five common indoor air pollutants that individuals are commonly exposed to when in building environments with poor air quality. These are:

  • fine combustion particles from traffic and power stations
  • volcanic dust
  • bio-aerosols and pathogens like pollen, bacteria, viruses and fungal spores
  • environmental tobacco smoke
  • asbestos and silica dust

Camfil says because some air treatment systems may require varied levels of filtration due to the number of contaminants in the air, it is important that building operators ensure that the air filters they use are of high quality and regularly maintained for optimum effectiveness.

Camfil Clean Air Solutions Help Those Seeking Help With Indoor Air Quality Improvements

Those who need help with improving the indoor air quality of their commercial or residential building can contact Camfil for an evaluation of their current HVAC system. The company offers a range of solutions that can be customized to address the unique issues many experience as a result of costly, poor quality air filters.

To read more about the dangers of indoor air pollution, follow our blog on “More Than 5 Million Deaths Linked to Outdoor and Indoor Air Pollution Each Year.”

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