Your home is supposed to be your sanctuary. It offers respite from the outdoor pollutants from highways and factories. But what if your indoor air is actually more heavily polluted than the air outdoors? Your family could be breathing in contaminants that can cause acute or chronic health problems. If you’ve never had a residential HVAC technician evaluate your indoor air quality before, don’t delay scheduling an appointment.
Immediate Health Effects
Some people are particularly sensitive to the effects of indoor air contaminants. It may only take a brief exposure to low-quality indoor air before the side effects are noticed. Pollutants can cause the following symptoms:
- Irritation of the nose, eyes, or throat
Some individuals seem to naturally be more sensitive to pollutants than others. However, it’s also possible for someone to become sensitized to pollutants after repeated or long-term exposure. This means that a family member might start developing these symptoms, even if he or she never did before in response to the same indoor air.
Long-Term Health Effects
The research is ongoing, but experts believe that multiple long-term health effects can be linked to poor air quality. Individuals with asthma may experience worsening symptoms and more frequent asthma attacks. Children with asthma seem to be particularly susceptible to poor indoor air quality. Additionally, it’s thought that air pollutants can contribute to the development of respiratory diseases, cardiovascular disease, and certain cancers.
There are many contaminants that may find their way into your home. Radon is one of the most common pollutants. It’s impossible to detect with the naked eye, and it’s also odorless. Radon is a known cause of lung cancer. Secondhand smoke, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and combustion pollutants are other types that are commonly found inside homes in the U.S.
Here at Triple-T Plumbing, Heating & Air, we care about your family’s health, comfort, and quality of life. Our HVAC professionals serving Spanish Fork and St. George, UT are EPA-certified, making us uniquely qualified to improve the air quality in your home. Call us today at (801) 335-6261 to inquire about air cleaners and purifiers, air duct cleaning, and humidifiers.