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4 Common Air Pollutants Worthy Of Elimination

Index of dangerous substances emissions into indoor airThese days, it is not uncommon to get advice about what we put into our bodies. Healthy eating is a hot water cooler topic in offices all over North America. It seems like every day, there is new information about the nutritional value of our food that compels us to take extra measures to make sure we are dieting responsibly. With so many dangerous elements seemingly involved in what we eat, it’s never been more important to monitor what we ingest.

Our concern about what our bodies take in shouldn’t be limited to food and drink, however. There’s another route to our insides that is used a lot more often than our digestive systems. That, of course, would be our respiratory systems. On average, we eat about three or four times a day, give or take. But breathing, it goes without saying, is an activity we participate in all day long. So shouldn’t we be just as concerned about our air as we are about our food?

We sure should! Indoor air quality issues can have very serious long-term effects on your health. At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we offer Air Quality Services that include the thorough inspection of your home or office in order to target areas of concern. We employ trained individuals who have a strong understanding of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). Here are four of the most common air pollutants that we seek to eliminate from your property.

1. Second hand smoke. There’s no secret to where this air pollutant comes from. This deadly smoke is the reason why cigarette smoking has all been eliminated from homes and buildings all across Canada. Breathing in this smoke is bad for everyone’s health, but is especially harmful for those who suffer from asthma. UltimateAir.com also reports that second hand smoke increases the risks of ear infections in children as well as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

2. Radon. Cigarette smoking is a well-known cause of lung cancer. But radon is also to blame for many lung cancer cases. As Health Canada describes it, “radon is a radioactive gas found naturally in the environment (but) when radon is confined to enclosed or poorly ventilated spaces, it can accumulate to high levels. Radon levels are generally highest in basements and crawl spaces because these areas are nearest to the source and are usually poorly ventilated.”

3. Carbon monoxide. A colourless and odourless gas, carbon monoxide isn’t easily detectable by our human senses. However, it is known to severely interrupt the duties of our respiratory systems making it harder for oxygen to be delivered throughout our bodies. Carbon monoxide is known for causing headaches, dizziness, weakness, nausea, shortness of breath, flu-like symptoms and even death.

4. Nitrogen dioxide. Another colourless and odourless gas, nitrogen dioxide can come from “burning materials or improperly vented fuel-burning appliances such as space heaters, wood stoves, gas stoves, water heaters, dryers and fireplaces,” says UltimateAir.com. It is known for causing eye, nose and throat irritation and well as a shortness of breath and an increased risk of respiratory infections.

“We’re all aware that the air we breathe in is essential for sustaining our lives,” says Environmental Technology, “We also know, from extensive research that the more pollutants exist in the oxygen we breathe in, the less productive our lungs and circulatory system are able to be.” For this reason, ensuring the purity of the air quality of your home or office is of paramount importance.

For more information on the Air Quality Services offered by DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., please don’t hesitate to call 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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