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Does Your Home or Office Suffer from Sick Building Syndrome?

  • Apr 05, 2022
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What exactly is your interpretation of a “little cancer?” Is there a way to gauge the danger potential of a life-threatening disease based on how much exposure we have to it? When the word cancer is mentioned, no one hears the percentages of probabilities for life and death; they focus on the danger itself.

When someone mentions sick building syndrome and indoor air quality, the tendency for many is to rule out danger because it is only a “little” exposure problem. This shortsighted view doesn’t take into account the cumulative effects of continual contact with something known to be a hazard. A little air pollution and a little cancer aren’t that unrelated when you understand that the reason for one is often due to the other.

Some of the causes of poor air quality are not that easy to fix, but the use of a quality Alen air purifier A350 can tremendously improve the air conditions where mold, dust mites, and VOCs (volatile organic compounds) are a problem. At a weight of about sixteen pounds, an air purifier is simple to move around and carry with you wherever you go.

We can’t always treat the entire patient when we have a sick building, and it is often an uphill battle to pursue air purification at the administrative levels. There are too many SEOs (senior executive officers) who consider the problem of poor air conditions as a small one, or they don’t believe the building they work in is dangerous because they aren’t sick themselves.

What are the Facts About Sick Buildings?

We hear a great deal about acceptable levels of hazardous materials, whether in the air or as part of the products we use. The problem is that every person is not affected the same by exposure.

Some people smoke consistently all their lives and never develop cancer, while others may smoke for a shorter time or not at all and may develop lung cancer. Everyone’s body isn’t the same.

Based on the tests that have been conducted on buildings, one in four is considered to be sick or dangerous. You must keep in mind that a very small percentage of buildings have historically been checked for air quality. The percentages may be much worse overall than anyone realizes.

Most people only become concerned when they develop sickness for no apparent reason, not because they scientifically check air quality. Chronic headaches, difficulty breathing, and fatigue are standard byproducts of a sick building. These can be joined by any number of other problems if nothing is done about the cause.

According to the EPA, 65% of all buildings that use some form of gas for heat or other services also have leaks. Many times these leaks are small enough that people in the buildings do not smell them, or they can become accustomed to the slight odor over time.

The use of an Austin air health mate air purifier in a room can alleviate many of the pollutants and add to your safety as well as the safety of those around you.

It is certain that the things that cause a building to be sick are not always simple matters to adjust or eradicate. Some of the air pollutants in buildings are products of the businesses that use those buildings. Treating the problem, not the patient, is often the only solution.


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Mark Bittman By, Mark Bittman
MARK BITTMAN is one of the country's best-known and most widely respected food writers. His How to Cook Everything books, with one million copies in print, are a mainstay of the modern kitchen. Bittman writes for the Opinion section of New York Times on food policy and cooking, and is a columnist for the New York Times Magazine. His "The Minimalist" cooking show, based on his popular NYT column, can be seen on the Cooking Channel. His most recent book, VB6, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list in its first week on sale.
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