How Poor Indoor Air Quality Can Affect Your Lung Health

182262426The quality of your home’s indoor air is important. Poor indoor air quality refers to air that contains high levels of airborne contaminants, such as pollen, dust, mold, and animal dander. A poorly-functioning AC unit can contribute to increased airborne particles inside your home, which in turn can affect your family’s health.

Allergies and Asthma Attacks

Many airborne contaminants found in homes with poor air quality are common allergens and asthma triggers. These allergens include dust mites, pollen, animal dander, cockroach shells, molds, and bacteria. If your home suffers from poor air quality, your family may experience an increased incidence of allergies and asthma attacks. Studies indicate that the development of asthma may also be linked to poor indoor air quality. Symptoms of allergies and asthma caused by poor indoor air quality include coughing, wheezing, congestion, a sore or itchy throat, watery eyes, and fatigue.

Secondhand Smoke Effects

Tobacco smoke contains hundreds of chemicals and pollutants. If any member your family smokes tobacco indoors, these pollutants can remain and circulate through your home. Non-smokers can suffer from the effects of secondhand smoke inhalation, which can cause asthma, pneumonia, heart disease, and some forms of cancer. Smoking should always be limited to areas outside the home, regardless of the air filtration system your AC may employ.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Combustion from wood-burning stoves, fireplaces, and some appliances creates carbon monoxide gas as a byproduct. If this gas is not properly vented to the outdoors, it can build up inside your home. Low levels of carbon monoxide can cause headaches, confusion, fatigue, and nausea. Higher levels of exposure could cause dizziness, fainting, and even death in extreme cases.

Could your Tucson home or business be suffering from poor indoor air quality? Call Temco Air Environmental today at (520) 622-2909 to find out about AC repair, HVAC maintenance, and indoor air quality solutions to improve your comfort and health. Click through our website to learn more about our company and its dedication to excellence.

 

 

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