Indoor Air Quality Training
When humidity levels are higher or lower than suggested (30% to 60% RH), personal conditions such as asthma can be affected and cause heavy dizziness and fainting. An ARIC (Atmospheric Research and Information Centre) report indicates that every time indoor humidity levels increase 10% so does the prevalence of asthma and its symptoms by 2.7%. If an individual inside a building suffers from asthma, safety precautions should be made by providing dehumidifiers and proper ventilation.
Mold grows when spores come in contact with wet surfaces. They can produce allergens, irritants, and sometimes toxic substances. Allergic reactions that can be sparked by mold include sneezing, runny nose, skin rashes, and red irritated eyes. Sometimes reactions are immediate after coming in contact with mold though they can also be delayed. For those who suffer with asthma, attacks can be triggered by the presence of mold. Mold exposure can even irritate the lungs of individuals regardless if they’re allergic to mold or not.
Household items such as soap and water, and vinegar can usually remove mold. The use of an ionizing air filter or purifier to remove mold spores and other pollutants from out of the air also works. If mold is found however, the best thing to do is to call a professional to assess the severity of the mold. Some cases of mold are so serious and irreversible that portions of wall, carpet, etc. need to be removed from a home.