Haze is known to be an atmospheric phenomenon where sky visibility decreases because of the presence of airborne particles, smoke, and dust, thus offering brownish or bluish color. Industrial pollution or car combustion engine tend to emit sulphur dioxide particles, creating haze after reacting chemically with atmosphere and become acid rain or smog.
When outdoor air quality decreases you may believe that it’s safe to be indoors. However, ventilating the indoor environment with outdoor air can be even more dangerous to human healt.
Sources of Indoor Air Pollutants
Numerous factors contribute to the indoor air starting from what synthetic products are present indoors, cooking gases, smoking, clogged chimneys, the number of people & pets breathing within a confined space, proximity to open sanitation or waste facilities. Insecticides, paints, cleaning supplies, and other commonly used goods contain several chemicals, including some volatile organic compounds which directly affect the indoor air quality.
Sources of Outdoor Air Pollutants
Outdoor air pollutants might enter into the building via open windows, open doors, cracks in structures, ventilation systems, and others. Moreover, some pollutants enter indoors via building foundations. Volatile chemicals present in the water supplies might also enter indoor when the occupants of the buildings make use of such water for the sake of cooking and showering.
Why is Indoor Air more harmful than Outdoor Air?
As everyone tends to breathe the same air, different concentrations of harmful substances are found in the sealed indoor spaces when compared to breezy outdoor spaces. As per the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air can be 5 times harmful than the outdoor air.
It is the best idea to take adequate precautions to ensure your indoor air is clean to avoid health issues related to poor quality of air. The best means to make your indoor air healthy is by ventilating your house frequently, and filtering the air indoors. Other methods include adopting control measures to prevent pollution inside the house. You can consider high-quality filtration masks to prevent inhaling the unwanted harmful air pollutants around your house.
Various Effects on Human Health
Indoor air pollution seems to be much more complicated than that of the pollution present outdoors. The health effects connected with indoor air pollutants are:
- Cancer, asthma, heart disease and respiratory diseases
- Fatigue, dizziness, and headache
- Throat, nose, and irritation of the eyes
- Death because of prolonged, sustained lung irritation
Take necessary steps to avoid pollution inside your home and office to safeguard your health.