IQ Radiant Glass®
IQ Radiant Glass®️ reduces the severity of a number of health problems associated with condensation & convection forced air heating systems
IQ Radiant Glass®️ reduces the severity of a number of health problems associated with forced hot air systems
Prevention is as important as the cure
Anything that is in the ventilation system, such as dust and mites will be circulated and recirculated throughout the building
Condensation, from windows, is a common source of problems associated with mold, fungus and other airborne allergens
Asthma symptoms can be caused by allergens or irritants that are inhaled into the lungs
There is no cure for asthma, but asthma can be managed with proper prevention and treatment
The absence of convection currents drastically decreases the amount of dust circulating in the air
IQ Radiant Glass ®️ greatly alleviates allergy and asthma symptoms because IQ Radiant Glass does not depend on forced air, duct work and filters
We often talk about healthy living and quality of life but have you considered the quality of the air you breathe?
Most of us spend up to 90 per cent of our time indoors, according to many surveys. Add up the time you spend at home, in the office and on transport, and you will see how close this figure is for yourself.
The study of indoor air quality did not achieve any public prominence until the 1970s. This was brought on by the "Oil Shock" that rapidly pushed energy prices to unprecedented highs. The response from building managers in the United States and elsewhere was to reduce the fresh air entering a building and recirculate as much as possible to retain heat in winter and keep out heat in summer.
Sick building syndrome
These changes were made with minimal understanding of the effects on indoor air quality. Suddenly a new phenomenon emerged, "sick building syndrome".
The first indicator was that high levels of carbon dioxide (the most common of the bio-effluents) emitted by the occupants invoked a physiological response that made the air feel "hot and stuffy".
The second was a build-up of moisture, leading to condensation, particularly where that condensation occurred within wall cavities. This allowed mould to flourish unseen and undetected, until it made its presence felt by outbreaks of eye, nose, throat and skin irritations and eventually the smell from the emitted chemicals.
Semi-volatile organic compounds
In the mid-2000s attention switched to semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) as a result of the endocrine disruptor debate. Previously no-one had considered them in indoor air quality because it couldn't be envisaged how a compound with such a low volatility could be inhaled in any significant quantities.
It has now been shown that dust settling on materials containing SVOCs (vinyl flooring and the like) absorbs the chemicals then is resuspended in the air, for us to inhale or ingest. The Bornehag study linked phthalates (chemicals widely used in plastics) absorbed on particulate matter to asthma.
The most ubiquitous SVOCs are the phthalate plasticisers. Laboratory and environmental studies in animals have provided strong indications that endocrine disruption is taking place. Human evidence is lacking at this stage. But human studies of other effects have shown stronger evidence.
A study in Bulgaria by Scandinavian researchers showed increasing rates of childhood asthma correlated to rising use of phthlates in the home.
Given that most homes did not contain vinyl flooring or seat covering this was at first confusing. But interviews with the households showed a big increase in use of a particular cleaning product that contained phthalate, presumably to rejuvenate vinyl surfaces.