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How Indoor Air Quality Can Affect Your Health

Last updated 3 years ago

Considering how much time you spend indoors, it may come as a surprise (and a shock) to learn that the air inside your home can be up to five times more polluted than the air outside. Between chemical off-gassing, pet dander, and mold, the air inside of your home is contaminated with a countless number of airborne pollutants, all of which circulate through your home and your body. Prolonged exposure to these airborne pollutants can have a negative impact on your health, especially if you already suffer from allergies or asthma. Here is a closer look at how poor indoor air can affect your health:

Minor Symptoms
The most common symptoms of prolonged exposure to poor indoor air are irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, headaches, fatigue, and dizziness. These symptoms are minor and usually dissipate as soon as the person is no longer exposed to the irritants or pollutants. If you or your family are experiencing the above symptoms on a regular basis, contact an HVAC contractor today to improve the air inside of your home.

Chronic Conditions
The above symptoms can be unpleasant to deal with, but there are also long-term, chronic conditions and diseases that can develop that may threaten your quality of life. Asthma, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, and humidifier fever are some of the less serious conditions that can develop, while exposure to some chemicals and pollutants can cause respiratory disease, heart disease, and even cancer.

Take Action
In order to protect yourself and your family, it is important that you take action to improve the air quality inside of your home. Try to improve the ventilation inside your home, and avoid products that contain little or no VOCs. Also, be sure to contact an HVAC contractor who can clean your air ducts and install equipment that will improve and protect your indoor air quality.

Blue Dot Services of Maryland has been helping people breathe easier for more than 40 years. Contact us today to learn more about our HVAC maintenance and repair services, including our air duct cleaning services. You may also call us directly at (410) 698-6465 to speak with one of our experienced HVAC contractors.

 

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