How Poor Indoor Air Quality Can Harm You and What You Can Do About It

Although we often think of air pollution as an outdoor phenomenon, indoor air pollution can be worse for your health. Polluted indoor air can cause or worsen lung diseases and asthma. It can even cause more general maladies such as headaches and dizziness.

The American Lung Association recommends improving indoor air quality by stopping pollution at its source. In other words, using fewer chemicals, buying more eco-friendly products and providing adequate ventilation can help the air in your home stay cleaner. Testing can help you determine whether your indoor air needs help, and certain products and services can help clean the air and keep it that way.

Health Problems

Perhaps the most common condition associated with indoor air problems is asthma. In 2009, approximately 25 million people had asthma, according to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology. Health issues such as pneumonia, stroke, heart disease and lung cancer have also been linked to indoor air pollution. Many symptoms that are difficult to pinpoint, such as general fatigue, nausea, dizziness and headaches, have been associated with polluted indoor air.

Common Causes of Indoor Air Pollution

According to the World Health Organization, more than four million deaths every year are attributed to conditions that stem from burning solid fuels in the home. Leaky furnaces, fireplaces and stoves can leach carbon monoxide into the air. Dust mites and particles from cockroaches have been known to trigger asthma symptoms. Mold caused by moisture in the home or spores leaking in from the outside can cause headaches. Dry air can also cause breathing difficulties, especially during the winter months. Finally, chemicals found in everything from adhesives and paints to cleaning products and secondhand smoke can be detrimental to your heath.

How to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Air cleaners can remove and trap allergens, bacteria and viruses that cause health problems. Because the climate in the Beaumont, Texas, area can be very humid, combining air purifiers and filters with a dehumidifier can help maintain a balanced environment. Using air humidifiers when the air feels dry can also help in the winter months.

All Around Service and Maintenance provides these indoor air quality products as well as other technology that work with your HVAC system. UV lamps kill microorganisms that can grow on your unit’s coils, keeping them from spreading throughout your home. Ventilators can move air through your home, keeping it fresh and moving pathogens to the outdoors.

Keeping your indoor air clean is just as important as getting it clean in the first place. All Around can help you keep your HVAC system running efficiently and catch potential problems before they begin with preventative maintenance plans. In addition to keeping the air in your home clean and maintaining consistent indoor comfort, regular maintenance can help lower HVAC bills and save energy.