Indoor Air Quality ( Iaq )

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Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) as a causal factor in disease propagation Introduction: A healthy indoor environment is an essence for a comfortable, healthy and productive life. Based on the fact that good air quality is one of the important components of a healthy indoor environment, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) as, “the temperature, humidity, ventilation and chemical contaminants of the air inside a building.”1, 2 EPA’s definition clearly states the criteria of a healthy indoor air quality. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a good indoor should be free from dust, odor or other potential pollutant. There should be enough light and ventilation for through and through air flow.3 Sanitation, drinking water, fire protection, chemical substances should be properly placed and well managed. Temperature, humidity and noise levels should be favorable enough to keep the occupants comfortable and free from disease.3 Failure to maintain such quality leads to indoor air pollution and related health consequences which will be described later.3 In the project, the hypothesis is that indoor air quality plays an important role as a causal factor in disease progression. Effective control of indoor air quality and reduction of pollution will decrease the public health burden related to these illnesses.4 The aim of the project is to establish the association between indoor
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