Indoor Air Quality Effects
The quality of air inside your home can have an enormous impact on your health and the health of your family. Believe it or not, the newer homes, those built to be more air-tight than homes of the previous generation, may have even bigger concerns when it comes to indoor air quality. Here’s what you need to know.
Potential Consequences of Poor Indoor Air Quality
Poor indoor quality has a wide range of potential effects on your health and your family’s health. Some of the effects are immediate while others may take years or longer to show up.
Immediate Effects of Bad Air Quality
The immediacy of the exposure can be worse according to certain contributing factors, such as age, pre-existing medical conditions, personal sensitivity to certain irritants, and strength of the immune system. The EPA also asserts that some people can become sensitized to certain pollutants as a result of high level exposure or repeated exposure.
These potential symptoms of poor air quality in your home can include a wide range of things, including:
In many instances, the symptoms are dismissed as little more than a lingering cold or seasonal allergies. That may not be the case, however, if the air quality in your home is less than ideal.
Long Term Effects of Poor Air Quality
It is important to remember that different people react differently to exposure to bad air inside their homes and offices. It can vary according to the size of the building, the age of the building, the air quality inside the building, and the duration of exposure. Some of the potential long-term effects include: heart disease, respiratory disease, and even some forms of cancer.
Improving the Air Inside Your Home
The single most important thing you can do for the sake of your health and the health of your family is to improve the quality of air inside your home. These are a few small steps you can take to help move bad air out while bringing good air into your home.
Install a Whole House Fan
Add a Garage Exhaust Fan and Attic Fan
Eliminate Smoking Inside Your Home
Test Your Home for Radon (and fix the problem if elevated levels are discovered)
Control Moisture in Your Home
Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Now is the perfect time to act to protect your home from the dangerous effects of poor indoor air quality. These things will help.
If you’re looking to install a whole house fan, attic fan or garage exhaust fan, we can help.