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Seven Ways You Can Improve Your Respiratory Health by Design



 Indoor Air Quality is one of the leading factors in causing Sick building syndrome. 

It’s highly essential to maintain to keep your spaces adequately ventilated. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, it is estimated that 30% of new and remodeled buildings suffer from poor indoor air quality, which attributes to sick building syndrome. Sick building syndrome is flu-like symptoms exacerbated by poor air quality.

Sick building syndrome SBS symptoms can affect the skin, respiratory, and neurological systems. 

People may among the possible symptoms are: throat irritation, breathing difficulties, tightness in the chest, runny nose, allergy-like symptoms, such as sneezing, burning sensations in the nose, dry, itchy skin rashes, headaches, dizziness, difficulty concentrating, forgetfulness, fatigue, irritability, nausea, body aches, fever, and chills.

Solutions:

  • Utilize natural ventilation, preferably, cross ventilation.

  • Avoid cross-contamination. Make sure air intake is far from garages, bathrooms, and kitchens exhausts.

  • The control humidity level in your spaces. Humidity levels above 55% can allow mold growth.

  • Use indoor plants to reduce toxins; Check our list of best indoor plants to improve indoor air quality.

  • Make sure that air filters are new and clean. Use filter type 13 MERV and above. 

  • Avoid using chemical cleaning products. Organic cleaning products are proved to be as effective as chemical cleaning products.

  • Maintain cleanliness by vacuuming frequently and use mats outside entry doors. 

  • Avoid using building materials and finishes with High Volatile Organic Compounds VOCs. This compound is recognized by the smell of your new car or furniture.

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