How Poor Indoor Air Quality Can Harm Your Health

Dangerous Summer Air Quality Issues

Discussions of indoor air quality sometimes focus on the importance of clean air for energy efficiency and proper maintenance of your HVAC system. Indeed, clean air will help keep your furnace and air conditioner in better shape. However, there is another, arguably more important reason to keep your indoor air clean: health. Poor air quality can be harmful to your overall health in a few different ways, which is why most heating and air contractors place such emphasis on indoor air quality.

Allergies

When air is “dirty,” many of the particles it contains are substances that people are allergic to. For example, “dirty” indoor air often contains dust mites, mold spores, pollen granules, and pet dander. If you are allergic to one or more of these substances, being in a home where the air is full of them is likely to aggravate your symptoms. You may cough, sneeze, or have trouble breathing. Some people get red eyes or itchy skin.

If you’re able to improve the quality of your air and filter out these contaminants, you should notice a reduction in your allergy symptoms. Some people find they can take allergy medication less often, or even stop taking it altogether when they improve their indoor air quality.

Frequent Illness

Bacteria, viruses, and other small pathogens that cause illness can easily stay suspended in poor quality air. This makes it more likely that illness will spread from one family member to another, especially during cold and flu season.

Working with an air purification service to have an air purifier installed is a great way to address this. The best air purifiers do a great job of removing tiny pathogens from the air so you get sick less often.

Dry Skin

Air quality does not just refer to the particulate matter in your indoor air. It also has to do with the moisture or humidity levels. In the winter, it is common for indoor air to be too dry. This can lead to dry, itchy skin. You may feel like you constantly have to apply moisturizer or lotion.

Adding some humidity to your dry winter air will help keep your skin moist and soft. An HVAC contractor should be able to integrate a humidifier into your existing setup.

Fatigue and Sweatiness

Sometimes, especially in the summer, your indoor air may remain too humid. When there is too much moisture in your home’s air, your home will feel warmer than it really is. This can cause you to feel fatigued and sweaty. If your AC is more than 10 years old, an air conditioner replacement can help with this. You may also need to have a dehumidifier installed.

If your air seems too dirty, too dry, or too humid, it’s time to get in touch with your local HVAC contractor and explore your options. H & H Heating & Air Conditioning is proud to install air purifiers, dehumidifiers, humidifiers, and more. We also offer 24 hour heating and air conditioning repair and maintenance contracts.

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