The Effects of Poor Air Quality
The effects of poor indoor air quality can show up after being exposed a single time or after long-term exposure. Symptoms can include dizziness and headaches, along with irritation of the eyes and throat. Respiratory issues like asthma and hypersensitivity pneumonitis can also result from exposure to indoor air contaminants.
How to Prevent Indoor Air Quality Problems
- Improve filtration - Consider upgrading the air filter to a higher quality one. Newer, more sophisticated air filters can trap the fine particles that affect respiratory health.
- Reduce the use of chemicals indoors - Household cleaners and pesticides are examples of products that can contain potentially harmful chemicals. Where possible, opt for products that contain fewer toxins or are all-natural.
- Test for pollutants - Not all contaminants are detectable by smell or sight. Radon and carbon monoxide (CO) are two potentially deadly pollutants that are odorless and invisible, but tests for both are available. A qualified professional can provide a thorough assessment of your indoor air quality.
- Improve ventilation - This means taking steps to increase the amount of outdoor air coming inside. For example, when engaging in activities like painting that increase the amount of pollutants in the air, you can open doors and windows while running the attic fan.
If you need more advice on how to prevent indoor air pollution, don't hesitate to contact the pros at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. We've been providing heating and cooling services in the greater Cleveland area for 37 years and will be happy to assist you.