Pollution levels are rising on a massive scale. Persistent pollution is affecting our outer atmosphere and causing global warming. However, it doesn’t end there. UN Environment reports that nearly 4.3 million people die because of bad indoor air quality every year.
Thanks to modern HVAC technology, it’s easier to maintain healthy air quality inside homes. Still, you can’t rely too much on technology and turn a blind eye to air quality. Here is why checking indoor air quality is essential for your home.
It isn't easy to know when the air you breathe has become harmful to you. It's caused by improper ventilation, insufficient cleaning, and not maintaining HVAC systems.
There is no clear indication of knowing whether the air you breathe is unsuitable. This happens especially if the air quality in the whole area is terrible. In such cases, diseases develop over time and can take years before properly identifying the cause.
KEEP POLLUTANTS AT BAY
The majority of Americans spend a significant amount of time inside their homes. It’s easy for gases, smoke, chemicals, and other pollutants to accumulate in your home. These pollutants get trapped inside your walls.
Some of the most common indoor pollutants are:
Gases such as nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide are released from burning material. It can also leak from poorly ventilated fuel-burning appliances. You should check whether appliances like stoves, dryers or heaters are polluting your home with dangerous gases.
Smoking isn't only dangerous for smokers; it's also harmful to people nearby. Tobacco smoke is a serious indoor pollutant. Without proper ventilation, it can accumulate on your walls and ceiling. The smoke can worsen symptoms for people who have asthma.
Radon is a radioactive gas, and that can become a part of your indoor atmosphere. It is found in all homes in the US. It comes from the decomposition of Uranium in the Earth's soil. Experts consider it to be the second leading cause of lung cancer in the world. It can move up into your house through cracks in your home's foundation. EPA recommends testing radon levels in your home before buying it.
PREVENT HEALTH HAZARDS
Various health hazards arise from poor indoor air quality. Some may come up after a single exposure, while others take time.
Health hazards arising immediately from poor air quality are short-term. These include headaches, eye irritations, and other problems caused by allergies. You can treat them by eliminating exposure to pollutants.
However, some effects can be symptoms of serious underlying problems. These problems are developed over time and are a result of extended exposure to harmful air. They can cause respiratory diseases, heart problems, and in worst cases, even cancer.
Poor air quality can have grave consequences. However, a good HVAC system can significantly improve your air quality and provide you with clean and healthy air. If you want to have an HVAC installation in your home, contact a reliable HVAC service.
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