Factors Affecting Indoor Air Quality
From the dander and dirt your pets bring inside to the smoke backing up in your chimney, there’s a lot to look out for when considering potential problems with your air.
Combustion byproducts like carbon monoxide come from kitchen appliances, wood and coal heating, a fireplace, or tobacco smoking. Other contaminating chemicals can be released into your air from cleaning supplies, insecticides, and paints. Some building materials like insulation or wood can also release contaminants like asbestos fibers.
Other common indoor air pollutants are mold, pet dander, dust, and radon. The bottom line is that indoor air pollution comes in all forms, and because it can be so dangerous to your health, it’s a good idea to learn how to improve your indoor air quality.
As nice as an open window can be on a warm sunny day, this invites outdoor air pollutants into your home. Dust, pollen, dirt, and other particles can sneak through openings or hitch a ride on clothing and shoes, and then let loose in your indoor air.
The threat can come from above and below, too. Chimney smoke may also find its way back into your home, and if there’s contaminated water or soil in or around your foundation, those chemicals could seep into your home without warning.
The Effects on Your Health
Poor indoor air quality can trigger symptoms like irritation or itching in your eyes, nose, or throat. More severe symptoms can include consistent headaches, fatigue, or dizziness. Harmful contaminants like radon have a heavier impact, increasing the risk for respiratory diseases, heart disease, and cancer.
If you or any members of your family have severe allergies or asthma, indoor air pollutants like dust, pet dander, and mold will only make matters worse.
You shouldn’t have to worry about dangers to your health and safety in the comfort of your own home. Fortunately, you can avoid the harmful effects of poor air quality with regular cleaning, close monitoring, and helpful devices for your HVAC system.
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