Why Indoor Air Quality is Critical
For most of us, poor indoor air quality is an annoyance. We may sneeze more than normal or we may feel rundown and can’t quite figure out why. For some people, however, this can be an extremely important health concern. Those with compromised immune systems can suffer serious problems that, in some instances, can even be life threatening. In addition, according to the American Lung Association, serious conditions such as cancer can sometimes be attributed to indoor air quality issues that went unaddressed.
To help prevent and alleviate respiratory conditions in your family, it is essential that you understand the health of your home and take steps to improve indoor air quality.
Threats to Indoor Health
There are several factors to be considered when determining whether or not your home is healthy, including dampness, temperatures, ventilation and the presence of contaminants in the air such as pet dander, dust, and debris. Each of these issues can pose health hazards to you, your family, and your pets if they aren’t identified or addressed in time.
If you are living with or recovering from a serious illness, you could be at a much higher risk of developing serious health problems due to poor indoor air quality. Health issues can range from mild to severe and often include:
- Colds and respiratory problems
- Headaches and migraines
- Intense fatigue
- Allergic reactions
The American Lung Association also reports that asthma ranks as the sixth-most chronic condition in the U.S., and the leading chronic illness suffered by children. Removing contaminants from the home or office can help prevent such diseases from developing in both the short-term and in the long-run.
Clearing the Air
There are several potential causes for poor indoor air, including:
- Building materials such as lead and asbestos
- Pet dander and dust
- Mold and mildew
- Household pesticides and chemicals
- Carbon monoxide, radon, and other gases
By eliminating contaminants and ensuring that your home or office have the proper ventilation, an experienced professional can help you greatly improve your indoor air quality and protect your family’s health. For example, air filters can eliminate pollutants that are causing you and your family to feel sick. Dehumidifiers eliminate moisture that can lead to the accumulation of dangerous mold, and sealing air leaks can keep out potentially harmful materials.
Taking action now to improve the air in your home or office will help ensure you and people who share your indoor space remain safe and healthy. Schedule a home air quality audit with Northside today to get started.