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Researchers Call for More Emphasis on Indoor Pollution Monitoring

By May 24, 2016 No Comments
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Scientists are calling for more emphasis on indoor pollution monitoring after study shows surprising findings about indoor air quality.

Indoor pollution is killing people at rates significantly higher than outdoor pollution, and the general public has for years been none the wiser new research reveals. According to a recent publication by leading global air filtration specialist Camfil, many people are unaware of the massive number of indoor pollution related deaths that occur annually. According to the World Health Organization, in 2012 poor air quality indoors was a contributor to 4.3 million deaths, whereas outside pollution was linked to 3.7 million for the same year.

In the article, “Indoor Air Pollution More Deadly than Pollution Outdoors?” Camfil discusses the call by researchers for more emphasis to be placed on indoor air pollution monitoring stating that “According to a study published in the Science of the Total Environment journal in spite of mounting evidence showing that pollutants like smoke, paint chemicals, cleaners, and fungal spores pose significant risks to human health, indoor air quality remains less understood than outdoor pollution.”

The widespread problem of indoor air pollution has sparked discussions on a growing phenomenon called “sick building syndrome,” which references illnesses linked to poor indoor air quality, and what steps are needed to overcome related challenges.

Source: Is your home harming you? New research highlights deadly effects of indoor pollution

“New research published in the journal Science of the Total Environment has highlighted the dangerous effects of indoor pollution on human health, and has called for policies to ensure closer monitoring of air quality.”

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Dr. Prashant Kumar of the University of Surrey who was a part of the research team, has said of the issue “It is essential that we are able to effectively monitor indoor air pollution so that we can better understand when and where levels are worst, and in turn offer solutions to make our air healthier. Our work looks at the use of small, low-energy monitoring sensors that would be able to gather real-time data and tell families or workers when levels of pollutants are too high.”

Solutions for Combating Heavy Pollution Indoors

According to Camfil, although monitoring indoor pollution is an important first step to understanding the scope of the problem, addressing problems with indoor air quality is also a critical need for many building owners and operators. “Sick building syndrome” has been linked to a number of health complications including chronic fatigue, headaches, skin dryness, heart palpitations, nose bleeds, miscarriages, and even cancer.

Camfil clean air solutions help address the needs of those concerned about the air quality within their buildings. The company offers quality air filtration products for residential, commercial, and industrial facilities that have proven to have higher benefits of use than other green air filter products on the market. Camfil’s product line also includes stand-alone HEPA filter products like the CamCleaner,camfilusa which can remove heavy contaminants missed by typical HVAC systems that circulate poor quality air.

To learn more about Camfil’s air filtration products and services and related case studies click here or read the blog “Indoor Air Pollution More Deadly than Pollution Outdoors?”

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