Indoor Air Pollution – Part 1

According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) people tend to spend 90 percent of their time indoors, where the concentration of pollutants are often two to five times higher than typical outdoor pollutants.

The people that are the often the most susceptible to the adverse effects of pollution (e.g., children, older adults, people with cardiovascular or respiratory disease) tend to spend even more time indoors.

In Cuenca, and other large cities, we have combustion byproducts like carbon monoxide, particulate matter, pet dander, mold, and sometimes environmentally unfriendly building materials. Cleaning supplies, insecticides, tobacco, and fireplaces can allow byproducts to accumulate inside a building. From the outside, open doors and windows can allow in bus exhaust, and shoes can track in soils and dusts along with the other pollutants that adhere to them.

Health effects associated with indoor air pollutants include irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. Also associated with indoor air pollution are respiratory diseases, heart disease, and cancer. Of course, people with asthma often find that dust mites, mold, pet dander, tobacco smoke, cockroach allergens, etc. are often triggers.

For more information regarding improving your indoor air quality, contact

Kent Mills: .

City: Cuenca

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