Did you know that the deep breath you’ve just taken probably had numerous pollutants, which could affect your overall health drastically? Research has shown that indoor air pollution can be far worse than outdoor air pollution and can cause several health problems. You may experience the health effects of poor indoor air quality (IAQ) shortly after exposure or several years later. Let’s take a closer look at these IAQ health risks.
Immediate Health Effects
The health effects that show up soon after exposure to indoor pollutants tend to resemble the symptoms of seasonal allergies or the common cold. These include:
- Nasal congestion
- Sore or scratchy throat
If these symptoms fade or disappear when you’re away from home or a particular room, that’s a sign of poor air quality being the culprit.
Allergies and asthma tend to worsen soon after exposure to common indoor pollutants like pollen, dust mites, and mold spores.
Long-Term Health Effects
Some health effects show up only after long-term exposure to pollutant-laden air. These include:
- Severe lung disease
- Heart disease
Improve the Air Quality in Your Home
Some of the health effects of poor IAQ can be seriously debilitating — or even fatal. Therefore, the best course of action is to try to minimize air pollution in your house even if you haven’t experienced noticeable symptoms.
Some of the simple steps you can take to improve air quality and reduce the health risks of airborne pollutants include:
- Install an air purifier.
- Have your ducts cleaned out periodically.
- Change your HVAC filters regularly.
- Have your air conditioner and furnace inspected annually.
The air circulating throughout your home won’t be of good quality if your HVAC system is poorly maintained. Invest in routine maintenance to safeguard your HVAC system and help prevent adverse IAQ health effects. For reliable furnace and AC maintenance, air duct cleaning, or any other IAQ solutions in Monmouth and Ocean counties, don’t hesitate to contact the experts at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors.