There are many old sayings that contain at least a grain of truth. Some, however, are misleading, if not downright dangerous! The perfect example is the old saying, “What you don’t know can’t hurt you.” Nothing could be further from the truth—especially when you’re talking about the effects of indoor air pollution.
Not only can pollutants in the air trigger asthma attacks and allergic reactions, but they can also impair brain function. This has been demonstrated in several studies, including one from this year conducted by Brown University.
And this isn’t the first study to show an undeniable link between indoor air quality and cognitive function.
In early 2016, when concerns about a gas leak caused a utility company in California to install air filters in Los Angeles classrooms, it was discovered that the filtered air appeared to make the kids smarter. While that might be oversimplifying the study’s findings, one thing was clear: When air pollutants were removed from classrooms, English and math scores went up.
These conclusions are backed up by a spate of recent studies showing that people work less efficiently and make more mistakes on higher-pollution days. An article published on Vox titled, “Air Pollution Is Much More Harmful Than You Know,” even shows that long-term exposure to air pollutants can increase your risk of developing dementia.
Improving Indoor Air Quality
While the problem of outdoor air pollution is one we’ll leave to government policy makers, indoor air pollution is something we can control. That’s encouraging because most of us spend the majority of our time working, relaxing, and living in indoor environments.
So, if you have concerns about the indoor air quality in your Nassau County or Suffolk County property, call MoldXpertsNY for help. As proud members of the Indoor Air Quality Association, we offer environmental testing, air quality testing, and air filtration solutions that can make a big difference in the quality of your life!