The EPA has ranked indoor air pollution among the top five environmental dangers facing the public, and for good reason. By some accounts, the quality of indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than the worse outside air. Considering the amount of time people spend indoors, it’s no surprise that indoor air pollution is such a terribly important concern in America. The good news is that your local Houston HVAC company can provide services and products that will improve the air inside your home. Why is this important? Just consider some of the effects of indoor air pollution on your health.
Acute Health Effects
A majority of the health problems associated with poor indoor air quality are acute in nature and show up after a single exposure. The most common acute health effects of indoor air pollution include irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, fatigue, headaches, and breathing difficulties. In these cases, symptoms usually disappear with exposure to fresh air. Allergy sufferers and asthmatics are especially prone to experiencing these acute health effects with very minimal exposure to indoor air pollution.
Long-Term Health Effects
Depending on the nature of the pollutants that you are exposed to on a regular basis, prolonged exposure can result in more serious long-term health effects that may show up years later. These long-term health effects include respiratory disease, heart disease, and cancer. Mold and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are typically responsible for these serious (and sometimes life threatening) effects of indoor air pollution exposure.
If you are concerned about your health and the health of your family, contact your local HVAC company and find out what services and products they offer that can improve the air quality in your home. At the very least, schedule an air duct cleaning if it’s been more than a few years since your air ducts were last professionally cleaned.