Poor indoor air quality can affect our physical health, which in turn has an impact on our focus, productivity, cognitive capacity and even on the social and emotional dimensions of our everyday lives.

Gradual effects of poor indoor air quality

Air quality here is about the presence and concentrations of gases and contaminants. For example, high carbon dioxide levels inside a home or room can make us feel uncomfortable (it can also affect our cognitive functioning). Formaldehyde, volatile organic compounds and other contaminants can affect our respiratory and overall physical health. It can also be about the lingering odours that irritate us.

Those are urgent concerns but most of us have a way of slowly adapting to the environment. As a result, air contaminants slowly cause damage to us without causing any alarm. The negative effects are gradual and as a result we ignore the problem or fail to notice the issue in the first place.

What happens is that our headaches get more frequent and that we end up feeling more tired each day. Instead of blaming the air contaminants and poor indoor air quality, we blame the stress at work, personal pressures and the growing uncertainties in today’s economy. Although partly they might cause headaches and exhaustion, we must also pay attention to what happens inside our homes. Perhaps poor air circulation indoors contributes a lot to our everyday pains and discomfort.

As weeks and months go by, we might even feel more irritated without pinpointing a particular reason for such mood. We might then have the tendency to look outside again and think of someone that placed us in a bad mood. However, it can only be just one of the reasons for that because poor air ventilation might have also affected our thinking and emotions.

What we can do then is to pay equal attention to our indoor environments as with what happens out there. With good air quality this will help us gain mental clarity because it helps optimise our brain function and thinking processes. We can think more clearly through situations, which could then help us in problem solving and processing our emotions. As a result, our overall quality of life improves and somehow we become better equipped at handling the growing uncertainty of our times.

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