Poor Air Quality
By Pierre Mouchette | Real Property Experts LLC
Did You Know That Poor Indoor Air Quality Causes Headaches?
Do you suffer from frequent headaches or migraines? Most Americans lose a few days per month due to head pain, and for some individuals, this number can climb to ten or more days spent in pain every month. Research indicates that chronic headaches are on the rise, and poor indoor air quality at home and work is to blame! Poor indoor air quality is the most overlooked and the most manageable problem to fix.
Note, research shows that women were particularly susceptible to the headache-causing effects of polluted indoor air.
The Following Toxins Contribute to Headaches
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are an umbrella term that refers to several different toxic chemicals released into the air of homes and offices by paint, treated wood, furnishings, cleaners, building materials, office supplies, etc. These include chemicals like formaldehyde and benzene (known carcinogens), propylene glycol, and acetone. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, VOCs are a proven headache trigger. They cause headaches both by inflaming the sinuses and by causing damage to the brain and neurological system.
Familiar sources of VOC emissions are: