The indoor air quality in our homes can be worse than we think – and it could be leading to a wide variety of health problems. Thanks in part to super-efficient modern homes, we may be living in homes filled with volatile organic chemicals such as formaldehyde and benzene that could be having a dangerous long-term impact on our health.
An expert on indoor air quality, Professor Colbeck explains that both outdoor and indoor air need to be considered when evaluating air quality indoors. He says outdoor air pollution in the present day mostly involves nitrogen oxides and particulate matter from traffic emissions.
Unfortunately, while outdoor air pollution is regularly discussed, indoor air pollution gets little attention. This is despite the fact that, as Dawson points out, “Indoor air pollution can be up to five times worse than outside air pollution.”
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Sick building syndrome, also known as building-related illness, is a controversial subject shrouded in mystery, hearsay, and conflicting arguments. The fact that there are no diagnostic tests and specific treatments for it stirs even more confusion.
What is clear, though, is that many people seem to succumb to illnesses as the result of exposure to a host of biological, physical, and chemical agents present in residential and commercial buildings. Therefore, sick building syndrome can be considered an umbrella term for multifarious risk factors and symptoms that occur in indoor environments.
And no matter how we choose to call them, rest assured that they are real.
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A good night’s sleep—not only is it something we need, it’s something we crave. If you often find yourself awake, tossing and turning at night despite yearning for sleep, you’re not alone: according to the National Sleep Association, between 50 and 70 million US adults suffer from a sleep disorder. In fact, lack of sleep is such a prevalent issue that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently called insufficient sleep a “public health problem.”
Several factors can keep us from getting the rest we need, including insomnia, anxiety, stress and poor air quality. Luckily, there are many natural remedies that can help facilitate the rest we need. Simply introducing certain plant species into your bedroom can help reduce stress, boost your mood, and promote a more restful sleep. Below we’ve compiled a list of the 15 best bedroom plants to help you get a good night’s rest. Since what works best is different for each person, we’ve listed them without a specific order.
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Air conditioning provides welcome relief from hot weather and is an obvious solution to prevent heat-related illnesses and deaths. But AC systems themselves can lead to health problems if not maintained properly.
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