While talk around air quality has historically been largely centred around external pollution within town and cities, air pollution can have surprising knock on effects for indoor air quality (IAQ) in both rural and urban areas. As indoor pollution can be responsible for a number of health issues, Alan Macklin, Group Technical Director at Elta Group, explains why ventilation systems are vital no matter where the property is located.
Following the government’s recent focus on improving the air quality within major cities, most people expect the air quality in the countryside to be better than that of built up areas. For the most-part this is true, since emissions and pollutants, including nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide and volatile organic compounds, are significantly greater in urban areas.
While outdoor air quality tends to grab the majority of the headlines, indoor air quality is just as important – especially given the amount of time that many people spend inside.