Sick Building Syndrome is a situation in which building occupants experience acute health and comfort effects that appear to be linked to time spent in a building, but no specific illness or cause can be identified.
1. Check out the EPA’s AirCompare tool. Learn about the outdoor air quality in your area and the times of the year that may be unhealthy to leave doors and windows open.
2. Make your building as air tight as possible and follow-up by taking control of your indoor air and environment.
3. Establish your ventilation system to ensure that fresh air gets brought in and properly filtered. By doing so, any allergens, VOCs, or indoor air pollution is now being filtered and diluted.
4. When possible, use chemical-free, toxin-free products indoors. When chemicals have to be used indoors, properly exhaust and ventilate during and immediately after use.
5. Clean with damp clothes and a HEPA-filtered vacuum. Avoid dry-sweeping and dry dusting since this practice stirs dust and pollutants that can linger in the air for hours.
6. Test for radon. Radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless natural-occurring radioactive gas that seeps into our buildings from the uranium in the soil. The only way to know if it is infiltrating your building is to test.
7. Install carbon monoxide detectors near bedrooms. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, fatal gas that is produced any time fuel is burned.
8. Connect with Nature! Studies show that the more time we spend outdoors and with nature, the better our wellbeing is. Consider ways to bring nature into your living space.