Due to the Covid-19 lockdown, there are large parts of the population now working from home for the foreseeable future. Because of this, it is an important time to remind yourself and others to maintain healthy indoor air quality (IAQ) to maximize not only cognitive performance but also general health and well being in your home.
The Lockdown Problem
One key reason why the problems associated with poor IAQ are growing so rapidly is due to the recent drive towards air tightness and energy efficiency in homes. Whilst this may reduce energy costs, it also leads to a deterioration in air quality and the exacerbation of pollutants inside homes.
Poor IAQ occurs when there is a build-up of pollutants in the home to the extent that it affects an occupant’s health and comfort, and is linked to a range of health conditions.
Poor Air Quality
Common symptoms of poor indoor air quality can include coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, fatigue, dizziness, headaches, wheezing, allergic reactions, and reduced cognitive function. While long term exposure to poor indoor air quality has been linked to serious health conditions such as allergic and asthma symptoms, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, airborne respiratory infections and cardiovascular disease.
Types of indoor air pollution include moisture and mold, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), allergens (such as house dust mites) and formaldehyde, and more.
The Lockdown Solutions
Fortunately, interventions can be made to rectify poor indoor air quality and ensure your home is the healthiest possible environment to live and work in. To achieve this, it is important that you know how your house is ventilated, ensure it is ventilated properly and keep up a good maintenance and cleaning regime.