FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is indoor air pollution?
Gases or particles that are released into the air from a variety of sources can decrease the quality of our indoor air. This pollution can range from harmless to irritating to downright deadly.
VOCs, or Volatile Organic Compounds are organic chemicals that evaporate into air at room temperature. They include both human-made and naturally occurring chemical compounds such as Methane, Isobutane, Carbon monoxide, Hydrogen, Ethanol, Acetaldehyde, Acetone, Toluene, Xylene.
Where is this pollution coming from?
Indoor air pollution has many causes:
Combustion sources – oil, gas, kerosene, coal and wood
Wet / damp carpet or building materials
Cabinetry or furniture made of certain pressed wood products
Household cleaning products
Personal care products
Outdoor air pollution
Some of these products, such as household cleaning products, release pollutants only whist they are being used. Others, such as air fresheners, release pollutants continuously. In addition, some of these products release gas pollutants, such as radon or formaldehyde, and some release fine particles such as asbestos or mold spores, that can be just as deadly.
Are VOCs bad for me?
While harmful, VOCs are normally not acutely toxic. However exposure to them can lead to numerous immediate health issues such as headaches, eye and nose irritation, allergy skin reaction, loss of coordination, difficulty in breathing, nose bleeding, nausea, nose and throat discomfort, vomiting, dizziness and fatigue. Long-term health effects can include asthma, high-blood pressure, damage to the liver, kidneys and the central nervous system, and even cancer in both animals and humans.The most vulnerable are children and elderly, as well as those suffering from asthma and allergies.
Does Indoor Air Quality matter?
Did you know that we spend an average of 80% of our lives indoors? And yet not many of us actually know much about the quality of air we breathe. With the increase of exposure to chemicals in the form of various household cleaning products, air fresheners, soaps and washing up liquids our risk to toxins and allergens also increases significantly. Indoor air pollution is becoming a serious issue and we believe it is a necessity to monitor the air we breathe and alert us when they reach undesirable levels.
Do I have this problem? What can I do about it?
First, you need to measure your air pollution at your home.
You can contact professionals who have experience in measuring indoor air quality and they come and do the measurement during a day or few days. The negatives of such approach is that it’s measured only during that limited time and it’s going to cost you a small fortune.
Here's a tip: AURA is the best gadget to do that as it can not only measure and monitor level of pollutants 24/7, but also calculate your exposure over time.
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