The quality of your indoor air may not be actually killing you, but it may give you serious health problems.
According to a study sponsored by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), most Americans spend almost 87 percent of their time indoors. What is surprising, however, is that indoor pollutant levels are two to five times higher, and sometimes, even 100 times higher than outdoor levels. As a result, EPA ranks indoor air as one of the top five environmental hazards to human health. No wonder, people are so concerned about the quality of the air they breathe inside a building. A well-maintained AC can address this problem and ensure that you breathe healthy when indoors. Following are a few things that an AC can address:
Your home may sustain structural damage over time due to poor indoor air quality. The excess moisture in the air can cause structural rot to set in within the building’s walls as well as the attic. The area surrounding the window framing is also affected by polluted indoor air. Other housing problems include mold growth, peeling paint, musty smell, damp basement, back-drafting appliances, ice buildup on the edges of roofs, and high utility costs. In order to stay protected from these “costly” situations, you need to make sure there are no air leaks in the structure; otherwise, common pollutants may enter.
The effects of poor indoor air quality are often subtle, and the symptoms may not be easily recognizable. Some common symptoms to look for include sneezing, dizziness, headaches, nausea, fatigue, sinus congestion, and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and skin.
Approximately 24 million US citizens suffer from asthma. If a member of your household has asthma, it is extremely important to pay attention to the indoor environment. Controlling indoor allergen levels greatly reduce asthma symptoms and create a more consistent environment to help you avoid other breathing related problems.
The presence of contaminants in inside air can also affect the respiratory system and contact lenses, cause chemical sensitivities, and suppress immune systems more than the others.
Protect your health by installing an air condition system that minimizes the threats of household problems and lung diseases. This will enable you to breathe a lot more easily and have the peace of mind that your family and loved ones are being cared for.
For more information on how to ensure that your indoor air quality is the best that it can be, call us! We’ll be glad to help you.