The Consequences of Having Poor Indoor Air Quality

There is growing evidence that indoor air is often significantly more polluted than outdoor air. This is true even in populated places like the Raleigh metropolitan area. Volatile organic compounds, dust, pet dander and other pollutants all contribute to indoor air quality issues.

Unfortunately, while it’s easy to correct, air quality is often little more than an afterthought. Here are a few important reasons why monitoring and managing indoor air quality is essential in your home or business:

Short-Term Effects

The most immediate issue with poor air quality is short-term health effects. Breathing polluted indoor air can trigger a number of symptoms, even if you’re exposed for a brief period of time. Congestion, coughing, sneezing, itchy throat or eyes and other symptoms are common.

Some people also experience dizziness, headaches and nausea. Poor air quality can also trigger reactions in those who suffer from asthma or allergies.

Long-Term Concerns

Exposure to poor air quality over a longer period of time may carry a number of health risks. Long-term exposure is often associated with chronic fatigue, frequent headaches and recurring flu-like symptoms. In some cases, poor indoor air quality may even lead to the following serious health conditions:

  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Central nervous system damage
  • Impaired heart or lung function
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Impaired HVAC Operation

It’s not as serious a concern as your health, but poor air quality can affect your HVAC system as well. In particular, polluted air can quickly clog your air filters. This can impair airflow and cause your system to work much harder to compensate. In severe cases, it may also lead to higher utility costs and premature system failure.

Breathing clean, pollutant-free air is something you should never take for granted. Poor air quality is a serious issue that can affect your health and cause excessive wear on your HVAC system. Fortunately, air purifiers and quality air filters can easily remedy most air quality problems. To learn more about the importance of managing your air quality, call Mitchell Heating & Cooling today.

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