What are two causes of indoor air pollutants? Evaluate the correlation between health and
indoor air pollutants. Why is outdoor air quality regulated more effectively than indoor air
Indoors air pollutants
Indoor air pollution is caused by different materials and substances, some indoor air
pollutants include but not limited to asbestos. Asbestos is a substance that is used in various
building materials because of its ability to resist heat and strength due to fiber content. This
material is used in making floor tiles, roofing, and cement that are used in building. Indoor air
pollution from these materials occurs during sanding, cutting and remodeling. Another indoor
pollutant is pesticides, these are pest-controlling chemicals that are used in our homes and they
contain fungi and bacteria, their inherent and toxic nature pollutes the air (EPA, 2017).
Correlation between health and indoor air pollutants
Studies have shown that indoor pollutants are one of the major causes of premature
deaths and diseases in many countries. These pollutants cause health issues due to exposure to
smokes from burning fuels and the use of other pollutants in our houses and enclosed areas. For
instance, various indoor pollutants cause premature deaths and other health-related issues to
millions of people in both developed and developing countries. Various studies have indicated
that there is a close relationship between indoor pollutants and premature death in children and
adults that cause a wide range of respiratory health problems (WHO, 2020).
Outdoor and indoor air quality regulation effectiveness
Outdoor air quality is more regulated than indoor air quality because of the availability of
open space. This open space in outdoor air decreases the ability for potential pollutants building
up, indoor air does not have enough space to circulate and therefore this diminishes its quality
(Ching-boon, 2015). Air quality can be determined by its ability to circulate in an open space and
release the pollutants to the open space where they mix with other pure gases that are in the air.
Ching-Boon, K. (2015, June 15). Why indoor air pollution may be worse than it is outdoors.
EPA. (2017). Indoor Pollutants and Sources.
WHO. (2020). Household air pollution: Health impacts.