House of Pain – How Indoor Air Quality Can Adversely Affect Your Health

Indoor air quality is as an important matter as outdoor air quality when it comes to health matters. For so long, people have been under the misconception that only outdoor pollution can cause adverse health effects. However, this is not true. Indoor air quality has a great impact on your health. Poor indoor air quality can cause short term and even long term illnesses. What’s more, in some cases, it can even cause immediate death.

Indoor Air Pollutants and their Health Effects

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is one of the most common pollutants of indoor air. Carbon monoxide is produced whenever we breathe out. Therefore, the increase in the number of people occupying a certain building, without an increase in ventilation, is bound to concentrate air with the gas. Other sources of carbon monoxide may include heating in the furnaces. Carbon monoxide is a fast killer. With intoxicating levels of the gas, one can die immediately.

Pollutants from construction materials

Asbestos

One of the major pollutants emitted from construction materials is asbestos. This pollutant is, particularly, common in buildings built in the early years. Asbestos is known to cause asbestosis, a fast-killing cancer. Other pollutants emitted by building materials include paint, formaldehyde and radon. Such pollutants are known to cause respiratory issues. In the short term whizzing, cough, sore throat and nasal congestion may be noted. However, in the long run, the health effects are more severe, ranging from asthma, rhinitis, dyspnea, lung diseases and cancer.

Poorly Maintained Heating System and Ventilation

Poor ventilation means that pollutants will be accumulating in the indoor air you breathe. This is because there is little or no way to cleanse it, as the entry of clean air is restricted, while the polluted air does not efficiently go out. The other problem arises where the heating system is poorly maintained. It could cause the accumulation of carbon monoxide, a very deadly gas. And, if something is not done immediately, it could result in deaths.

Why wait until the problem is severe, serious illnesses or even death is witnessed, so you can do something? You can take action today and start improving the quality of your indoor air. Air duct cleaning is one of the important steps that you need to take.

The air duct is an integral part of your ventilation system. Having a professional clean your air ducts on a regular basis could mean the difference in your indoor air quality. Cleaning of air ducts not only helps in the removal of accumulated pollutants in them, it also helps to increase the efficiency of the ventilation system. This way, clean air is able to efficiently get in when the dirty air goes out. Therefore, the indoor air quality automatically improves. Ultimately, your health condition also improves.

Call us today and get expert air duct cleaning services so as to maintain a healthy indoor environment for you and your family.

  • Great information about indoor pollution. So true, most of us think about the pollution from the outside but not so much from the inside.