Friday, February 26, 2010

AIR QUALITY

The Importance of indoor Air Quality

'AIR POLLUTION" is immediately associated with smog, factory smoke, auto emissions, fires and so on. Recent research and studies suggest that we may have been looking in the wrong places.                                                                                                                                 
Environmental research is disclosing surprising and disturbing truths that factor in our health - the quality of air in our homes and offices is much more polluted than we ever suspected. Leading environmental health researchers have discovered that indoor air is often two to five times more polluted than outdoor air.                                                                                                         It is not surprising that there are instances of contaminants reaching up to 1,000 times more extreme cases.                                                                                                                                  Where do we spend most of our time?                                                                                                          Most of us spend up to 90% of our time indoors and the health risks associated with indoor air quality far surpasses the risks related to outdoor air contamination. This is an issue that concerns us all.                                                                                                                                     The first step is awareness of the risks and secondly to identify the common causes of indoor air quality problems. Fortunately, it is economical and possible to prevent and to treat and control indoor air quality problems.                                                                                                               Removing indoor air contaminants is relatively easy and can be done economically. Your home and office can have clean, safe air. It is actually not surprising that many of the risks associated with poor indoor air quality actually accompanied technical advances.                                                   There are a number of socio-economic factors, contributing to our declining indoor air quality. In an age where advancements in technology and a greater awareness of personal wellbeing are generally leading to better health and quality of life, improved building techniques and society's concern for energy efficiency have resulted in major improvements in draft-proofing and air-tight housing.                                                                                                                                             However, modern homes and office buildings tend to retain and re-circulate indoor air for longer periods, along with contaminants that may be present, including dust mites, mold spores, pollen, pet dander, fumes from cleaning chemicals, and smoke. The ratio of 'fresh' outdoor air entering our homes and offices has been greatly reduced, allowing contaminants to accumulate to unsafe levels.                                                                                                                                                             At the same time, building materials including synthetic carpets, pressed woods, insulation, petroleum-based glues and adhesives, plastic laminates, and a wide range of other products, are being implicated in the off-gassing of volatile organic compounds and other chemicals which in turn have been blamed for health conditions including allergies.                                              The increasing use of these materials as opposed to more 'natural' as well as the inability for these chemicals to escape the air-tight building envelope are leading to a near epidemic increase in chemical sensitivities and allergies. A wide range of potentially debilitating health problems including headaches, chronic fatigue, drowsiness, difficulty concentrating, and even snoring can often be attributed to poor indoor air quality caused by chemical sensitiveness and allergies. 

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

AIR PURENESS.

  EVEN WITHIN THE WALLS OF OUR OWN HOMES, inevitable factors and causes are contributing towards poorer quality air. Quality of air is so very deteriorated, that there is an alarming increase in individuals suffering a wide range of allergic reactions. 
  Asthmatic incidences and respiratory related disorders is on the rise especially amongst children. You many not be sure about the cause, but a quick check on air quality indoors will help you make the first right move in correcting the in-home scenario. 
  Air purifiers are becoming common household items, and more and more bedrooms have a unit each. As families learn and as they discover unseen truths and discover realities, air purifiers become the next right move to take.
  Whilst the variety of models have increased in all electrical household products outlets, not all air purifiers share same efficiency in quality pure air output. Price is not the determinant but performance. Does the air purifier that you already have, the required standards in eliminating a range of unwanted (mostly unseen) guests from within the home in the shortest time possible. 
  Conventional air purifiers functionally draw in the air, and as the air flows through and leaves the machine via the vents, there are one or two types of filters to trap dust and invisible air floats as well as odor. As the filters get choked with dust and impurities, suction begins to drop as air flow is now being restricted. 


  To keep air suction and air flow constant, the filters must be replaced as often as possible. Secondly, failure to replace these filters not only results in poor machine efficiency, the unchanged choking filters become breeding grounds for germs and bacteria. Thirdly, with air flow now being restricted, heat builds up within, the motors get strained and the purifier breaks down. 
  A good performing air purifier must have good and continuing suction, to draw in air in high proportions, cleanse it and allow it to pass through. It must be able to perform with high input and equally high output function. The cost of it in daily use and operation must be as minimal as possible. It must not in itself become a breeding ground for bacteria. 
  Air purifiers must be energy efficient, silent, operable for long hours, be non
interruptive, and be able to purify air up to 99% at the least. Today, more and more air purifier units have surfaced without filters (being expensive to change so frequently) but using water to trap dust and pollutes. These new machines
are operable for longer hours, consume very little energy; more hygienic and they not only purify the air, but sanitise as well. 
  RAINBOW the worlds first certified air purifier using water goes three more  steps further whenever necessary. Rainbow enables you to sanitise the air.  Whenever necessary you may extend use of the Rainbow for air medication and to practice aromatherapy as well. 
                         Complimentary in-door air quality demos 
in Kuala Lumpur/ Selangor, Malaysia on 
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Friday, February 12, 2010

AIR and YOU

Indoor Air Quality A Global Concern

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is a measure of indoor pollutants. Which in turn can indicate the possible ill health effects and comfort of a home's occupants.

Is your home or office making you sick?
It may very well be an indoor air quality problem. To be sure an air quality test will give you the answer. We have an easy way to confirm in less than 10 minutes, how polluted the indoor air is in your home or office. No lab costs - all tests are self evaluated.
Air pollutant result!

Important Statistic...
It is a common statistic in cities and developed countries that the estimated indoor air quality of our homes or offices are 2 to 5 times more polluted than the air we breathe outside. 
The results can also be a greater health hazard than outdoor pollutants.
So much for "Home Sweet Home" or "Office Life Tortures".
Well... let's not jump to conclusions and neither do you have to worry unnecessarily. 
Do review the list below. Do some reasoning. Do conclude best course of actions to take.


Major Indoor Air Quality Concerns
Tobacco and Wood Smoke
We all know the consequences of tobacco smoking. Second hand smoke is also a major concern for those exposed. Wood smoke is a major cause of death in 3rd world countries...the number of deaths is thought to be in hundreds of thousands!

Radon 
Probably the most widespread indoor air pollutant in the US and across Europe. Radon causes tens of thousands of lung cancer induced deaths in the US each year. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.
Molds and other Allergens
These biological agents fall into 2 classes. 

  • Mold colonies supported by a source of moisture.
  • Natural substances such as pet dander, pollen, and dust mites.
These issues can manifest serious health issues for person with respiratory conditions and or those with compromised immune systems.
Carbon Monoxide
Carbon monoxide is one of the most acutely toxic of all indoor air quality pollutants. It's caused by the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels.
 Common sources are...
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Space heaters (non-electric)
  • Defective furnaces
  • Automobile exhaust
Air qualityVery Important... Carbon Monoxide produces flu like symptoms. If the entire household comes down with the flu at the same time, assume that you have elevated CO levels and leave the building!
Asbestos
Before 1975, asbestos was found in many common building materials. If you think you have a source of this pollutant in your home don't mess with it!If left undisturbed your risk is minimal. Asbestos is currently causing between 5000-10,000 deaths in the US annually.
 Volatile Organic CompoundsVOCs represent a host of household products from particle board to cleaning agents. You may also have a problem with VOCs if your home is built on a toxic waste site. These man made compounds can cause a wide variety of symptoms and conditions.
These are some of the major Indoor Air Quality factors that can have a direct impact on the air quality of our homes or work places. Many of these air pollutants can be minimized or eliminated quite easily. Please investigate the links provided to learn how to mitigate these individual pollutants.

Complimentary in-door air quality demos 
in Kuala Lumpur/ Selangor, Malaysia on 
request from k.thiru@hotmail.com 
 016-3712762