Health Effects of Poor Indoor Air Quality
The quality of indoor air we breathe is important, not just for our comfort, but for health as well. However, studies suggest that the air in our homes is actually more polluted as compared to the air outdoors. Indoor air pollutants include bacteria, fungi, dust mites, pet dander, mold, radon, carbon monoxide, tobacco smoke etc. All these can be found inside your home.
The average American spends 90% of their time indoors – at home, in school, in the office and other commercial establishment. Since most modern homes are airtight, these pollutants get trapped inside our homes. That means, we are repeatedly exposed to these contaminants. The place we consider as our safe haven exposes us to the biggest amount of pollutant.
Poor indoor air quality can cause or contribute to the development of a variety of health issues. According to a study that was conducted by a group of researchers from Cornell University, about 20% of occupants have experienced one or more of the following symptoms.
- difficulty of breathing
- Nausea and vomiting
- Allergic skin reactions
- Eyes, nose and throat irritation.
Elderly, children and individuals who are suffering from asthma are more vulnerable to the effects of these contaminants.
If you notice relief soon after leaving the house, it might be an indication that you need to improve your home’s indoor air quality.
Improve indoor air quality
Your HVAC system could be one of the reasons you or a family member is suffering from any of these symptoms. Keep your family safe and comfortable by performing regular HVAC maintenance. Also, don’t forget to replace your air filters every 3 months. But be sure to check it every month. Replace it if it looks dark and clogged.
Call or schedule an appointment today. Our certified and experienced technicians can help improve indoor air quality and keep your family safe by making sure your HVAC system is clean and running well.