Health Effects of Poor Indoor Air Quality

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The majority of us spend most of our time indoors, so the quality of the air we breathe inside is an important part of our overall health. Unfortunately, that air is often not as safe as it should be.

Indoor air pollutants, including tobacco smoke, pesticides, combustion gases, mold spores, pollen, animal allergens, and dust mites can cause serious health problems. Indoor air, by EPA estimates, is up to 100 times as dirty as outdoor air. If your family is facing unexplained health problems, it may be time to look at dirty air as a culprit.

Allergic Reactions to Poor Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality most commonly causes allergy problems. These problems, often associated with animal dander and dust mites, are uncomfortable and can be dangerous—especially for people with asthma. If your indoor air quality is poor, you may notice people in your home struggling with:

  • Watery eyes
  • Itching
  • Coughing
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Nasal congestion
  • Running noses
  • Sneezing

These symptoms may range from mild and annoying to severe and life-threatening for someone with asthma.

Toxic Reactions to Poor Indoor Air Quality

Allergic reactions are annoying, but some indoor air problems—like mold spores—can cause more serious reactions. These pollutants are toxins, and they can cause problems like:

  • Damage to the organs
  • Nervous system reactions
  • Immune system reactions
  • Digestive upset

If someone in your home is dealing with these types of health complaints, without a clearly identifiable cause, consider taking a closer look at the indoor air quality in your home.

Protect Your Home and Family with Indoor Air Quality Systems

Indoor air quality is a serious problem, but it has a solution. Humidifiers, indoor air purifiers, and indoor air cleaners can all help improve the indoor air in your home. Michael Bonsby Heating & Air Conditioning has a number of indoor air quality products to install to help you breathe easier in your Maryland or Washington, DC area home. Contact Michael Bonsby Heating & Air Conditioning today to have a local, family-owned and operated HVAC company address the indoor air quality in your home.

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