With the seasons shifting, this is the perfect time to be talking about the importance of indoor air quality because it is important to the health of you and your family. Superior indoor air quality is achieved through scheduled air testing and regular air conditioning maintenance and inspection.
According to the US Department of Labor, poor indoor air quality is medically linked to headaches, fatigue, trouble concentrating, as well as irritation of the throat, nose, and lungs.
Further, specific contaminants in the air have been linked to some severe medical conditions, like asthma. While allowing the poor air quality to continue has been found to create damp indoor environments.
In addition, some exposures, such as asbestos and radon, do not cause immediate symptoms but can lead to cancer after many years.
Why does indoor air quality matter to you?
Aside from the obvious health factors related to poor indoor air quality, consider the following:
– Poor indoor air quality can lead to structural degradation within a home or business.
– Testing your indoor air quality for allergens can help alleviate allergen levels inside of a home, and reduce symptoms related to asthma and allergy sufferers.
– Structural rotting isn’t at all uncommon to find inside of a home where indoor air quality is poor. When left unmitigated, poor indoor air quality allows the appearance of moisture around windows and rot inside walls.
– Poorly insulated homes and air leaks allow air pollutants into living and sleeping areas, but are easily remedied through regular checks and maintenance.
– The American Lung Association recommends that, in order to stave off air pollutants to begin with, a nominal level of source control needs enacted. This is done through “appropriate ventilation with clean fresh air which can also reduce levels of indoor air pollutants.”
– Finally, while keeping things like your air conditioning and HVAC units clean is a good start, there is no better way of stopping poor indoor air quality than through prevention.
Your indoor air quality is important to your home and your health. If you think your air quality needs a check, contact a professional immediately.