Indoor air pollution isn’t just uncomfortable and unpleasant, it can also have serious health consequences for you and your entire household. Indoor air pollution, which is often caused by poor ventilation or a malfunctioning HVAC system, can lead to respiratory conditions such as asthma and allergies, and can trigger existing heart conditions such as angina and hypertension. Here is some more information about the effects of poor indoor air quality from the HVAC specialists at R.J. Wiley.
Symptoms of Indoor Air Pollution
Symptoms of indoor air pollution can include a number of different effects that range in severity, including the following:
- Coughing and sneezing
- Difficulty breathing
- Sore throat
- Dry eyes
You may not notice these symptoms immediately, or they may come and go depending on how much time your spend in areas with poor air quality. For instance, you may notice an increase in symptoms after spending an extended time away from your home, such as after a vacation.
Who Is Most At Risk?
Indoor air pollution affects everyone different, and some people are more at-risk of developing health consequences from poor air quality. Young children have lungs and defense systems that are still in development, making it more difficult for their bodies to fight the effects of indoor air pollution. Older adults may have weaker lungs, reduce heart capacity, or pre-existing health conditions that make them more vulnerable to contracting illnesses related to poor air quality.
Who Can You Prevent Indoor Air Pollution?
The best way to prevent indoor air pollution from wreaking havoc on your household is to maintain proper ventilation and keep your HVAC system in good condition. Unclean air ducts can circulate polluted air throughout your home, leading to indoor air pollution. An HVAC system with old and unclear air filters runs the same risk.
At R.J. Wiley, we provide ventilation and HVAC maintenance and repair services to ensure the integrity of your indoor air quality. Our experienced technicians can clean out your air ducts and repair any issues you may be experiencing with your air conditioner or home heating unit. For more information about our HVAC services and how we can help ensure good air quality in your home, contact us today at R.J. Wiley.