Indoor air pollution is a serious problem that should not be taken lightly. Sources of pollutants include mold and mildew, building materials, furnishings, household cleaning products, and faulty HVAC systems that allow outdoor pollutants inside. The health consequences of long-term exposure to polluted indoor air have the potential to be life-threatening, and even short-term exposure can negatively affect you and your family’s quality of life.
Short-Term Health Effects
Short-term exposure to indoor air pollution can result in headaches, respiratory problems, dizziness, eye irritation, sore throat, and coughing. Symptoms can be very similar to those caused by the common cold and allergies, and often go unnoticed. Biological pollutants in indoor air can also trigger asthma attacks.
Long-Term Health Effects
Some health effects show up years after the initial exposure to polluted air. Health problems can also develop as the result of continued exposure to polluted air over a long time period. Some of the serious long-term health complications that are associated with exposure to indoor air pollutants include chronic lung disease, heart disease, and some types of cancer.
Those Most Susceptible
Children, the elderly, and those already dealing with chronic ailments are the most susceptible to developing reactions to indoor air pollution. Homes without proper ventilation provided by HVAC systems pose an increased risk for exposure to polluted indoor air than those with well-maintained heating and cooling systems.
What Can Be Done
There are a number of steps that you can take to improve the quality of air in your home. For example, following the manufacturer’s instructions for changing your air conditioner’s filters is essential for keeping airborne pollutants out of your home. Having your home’s air ducts cleaned regularly and scheduling an indoor air quality audit can also help ensure that your home’s air remains clean and healthy.
Don’t let an underperforming HVAC system affect your home’s air quality. Call Blue Dot Services of Maryland at (410) 698-6465 for air conditioning and heating repair to keep your family healthy.