Most people turn to shift blame to the major industries when considering the effects of air quality facts. They seem to forget their very own contribution to the greenhouse gas emission each single day. This article serves to enlighten some of these air quality facts that are usually overlooked while they stand as some of the major causes of most of the harmful diseases ever emerged on our planet. Now, the question is, can these facts be confronted head-on individually to mitigate their respective risks mankind? The answer to this question is yes!
In the first place, one principal fact we cannot ignore is the fact that human activities constitute the main source of production of these pathogens, bacteria and other microscopic agents that turn around to become harmful to our health. Most of these dwell with us in our offices, homes and any other human structures.
Secondly, the existing undisturbed earth serves as a seal for toxic underground gases. Some of these gases are methane, carbon monoxide, ammonia, sulfides and other toxic fumes just to mention a few. During foundation excavations where these existing soils are disturbed, these gases get to be exposed to the environment. Though a vapor barrier is laid after back-filling around foundations and slab-on-grade is completed, these gases continue to escape even after construction into our enclosed homes because compaction of the new soil never meets the required density to enable a complete seal that will prevent these gases from escaping.
Currently, in most houses, an open space is left between the newly compacted grounds and the supporting ground slab with weep-holes around the perimeter of the structure to let these harmful toxic fumes to escape harmlessly into the air. This space is called crawler.
Thirdly, a recent publication from the American Lungs reiterates that poor air quality indoors in hot seasons is the main cause of asthma and other cardiovascular diseases. Colds and other allergy symptoms like itchy skin, sore throat, red-watery eyes and consistent sneezing are the result of unimproved indoor air quality. The kinds of pathogens that cause the above symptoms can be found indoors in our furniture, carpets, heat ventilation air condition ducts, painted walls just to mention a few. These pathogens can be anything from molds, pet fur and dander, pollen, smoke, allergens, fabric and air fresheners and so many others.
Furthermore, with the Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A) and others fully committed to environmental advocacy and constantly alerting the public of the risks our environment faces, it’s about time symptoms like nausea, dizziness, running nose and red-itchy eyes, sore throat, fatigue and poor coordination are taken very seriously as they can be as a result of inhaling certain amounts of carbon monoxide or nitrogen dioxide. Any slight overdose of these can lead to fatal situations.