Why Is Indoor Air Quality Important?

Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality is extremely important. The average person spends most of their time indoors. Whether it is work, school, or home, indoor air quality and air pollution are things that should be a major concern to everyone.

Most people are aware of the health concerns of outdoor air pollution. However, not many people take in to account that poor indoor air quality can have the same unhealthy effects. The effects of poor indoor air quality range from short-term effects like eye and throat irritation, to long-term effects like respiratory disease and cancer.

While it’s easy to see when you need to dust or sweep, it’s harder to know when the air in your home needs cleaning. In fact, the indoor air you breathe can be hazardous to your health without any telltale signs. Indoor air can be even more polluted than the air outdoors. Don’t let the air in your home threaten your family’s health, especially if someone in your family has asthma or another lung disease.

What can damage my indoor air quality?

A few common indoor air pollutants are:

  1. Mold – Mold can trigger asthma attacks and can also trigger allergic reactions.
  2. Carbon Monoxide – Carbon Monoxide stops the body from using the oxygen that it needs.
  3. Bacteria – Bacteria growing in your AC unit can have a negative impact on your respiratory system.

It is common for people to report one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Dryness and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and skin
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Hypersensitivity and allergies
  • Sinus congestion
  • Coughing and sneezing
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea

Fortunately, there are steps that can be taken to reduce indoor air pollution.

  1. Change your air filters. By changing your filters once every 1-2 months you will help prevent build up of mold, dust, bacteria, and other allergens.
  2. Have your air ducts cleaned. This also helps the prevention of mold, dust, bacteria and other allergens building up in your system.
  3. Schedule an annual maintenance on your AC unit. Neglecting to maintain your AC unit for better indoor air quality can contribute to a wide variety of illnesses ranging from allergies, bacterial infection and asthma related symptoms. A certified technician can look at your system and identify any issues before they become a problem.

If you have any questions regarding indoor air quality or your AC system, contact us at 813-929-HAWK, 727-SAME DAY or visit our website at www.airhawkac.com.

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