Your home is your safe place; the place you find refuge from all that goes on in the outside world. But your home may be more dangerous than you think, and you may not even know it! Did you know that the quality of the air in your home can be two to five times more polluted than the air outside? The air you are breathing may be harming your health and compromising your well-being.
Health Hazards of Indoor Air Pollution
We spend a lot of time in our homes and poor air quality can become a health and safety concern. More for children and the elderly or those that are chronically ill. Symptoms will depend on the type of contaminant that is causing them and can vary form one person to the next. Symptoms can be the same as those experienced with allergies, colds, stress or the flu. If symptoms seem to go away when you are away from your home, it’s an indication that your home is what is making you sick. Exposure to polluted indoor air cam cause irritation of the eyes, nose throat and skin, coughing, nasal congestion, headaches, sneezing, fatigue, dizziness, rashes, shortness of breath and hypersensitivity. When indoor air becomes more concentrated there can be long-term effects that can lead to severe health problems. Nausea, vomiting or anorexia, difficult or painful breathing and respiratory diseases, rapid heartbeat and heart disease, lethargy or malaise, asthma that becomes worse and lung cancer. As air quality deteriorates and the length of exposure increases, system will become more severe. Immediate measures need to be taken as soon as you think poor air quality if the culprit of your symptoms.
What Causes Poor Indoor Air Quality?
The purity of your home’s indoor air quality is measured by the amount of particulate matter and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) floating in it. It’s impossible to have completely pure air in your home and while most of the particulate matter in indoor air is harmless, some cam be disgusting. Insect droppings and body parts, skin cells and pet dander. VOCs are gases that are given off by solids and liquids from aerosol sprays, air fresheners, cleaners and disinfectants, paint and other solvents, moth repellents, automotive products and stored fuels. Insufficient ventilation can cause poor indoor air quality. An insufficient flow of air into your home can have a dramatic effect on indoor air quality. When concentration of dust mites and other allergens become concentrated, infections, allergic symptoms and asthma attacks become higher. Proper air circulation ensures that indoor air contaminants are removed to prevent buildup. Contacting an HVAC professional can help you improve the air quality in your home.
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Replacing air filters clean can do a lot to improve indoor air quality but cleaning the air ducts in your home can do more. The air duct system in your home has moisture in it that can condense on any particulate, dust or other pollutant and set up a firm footing for mold growth. If you suspect the air in your home is making your family sick contact Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning to have your home evaluated.