Indoor Air Pollutants and Their Impact to Human Health
Since then, securing quality indoor air has been a major concern of many environmental institutes and agencies worldwide. Based on studies, more than 70% of homeowners in the US experience the symptoms of low IAQ (indoor air quality) such as dry eyes, headaches, skin rashes and other serious diseases. The effects of these indoor air pollutants can be short-term or long-term depending on the severity of their impact on human health.
Find out the effects of indoor air pollutants on your health by reading this!
One of the common air pollutants at home is radon. Two of its main sources are rock/soil deposits and other building materials. If there are enough pathways connecting your living space and the soil, then radon may cause trouble in your family’s health. But in some cases, radon may enter your home through domestic gas supply or tap-water.
High exposure to radon can cause respiratory illnesses like dyspnea which affects the normal rate of breathing. You may also experience having skin rashes, asthma and more.
Considered as the top cause of indoor pollution, asbestos is present in different materials such as paints, ceilings, building materials and floor tiles. Those involved in the automotive industry and home construction know exactly about its health risks.
Especially to old houses, asbestos can be greater. Thus, exposure to this air pollutant is highly possible. Anyone can suffer from allergies, dizziness or upper respiratory congestion upon exposure.
- Tobacco Smoke
If someone in the house smokes, be ready to face the consequences. Indoor pollution caused by tobacco smoke may lead to dizziness, coughing and watery eyes. Among the many indoor air pollutants, this one can be managed easily. You may ask the person to smoke outside or somewhere away from the house.
- Carbon Monoxide
Every time you operate your furnace, fireplace, water heater or wood stove, you are giving way for carbon monoxide to conquer your home. High level of contact to carbon monoxide can cause you headaches, nasal congestion and worse, severe respiratory illness. The best way to manage this air pollutant is to seek help from your HVAC contractor. They know exactly how to control or get rid of it.
At Environmental Heating & Cooling, your health is our top priority. If you need help in managing your indoor air, we can provide quality solutions. Our state-of-the-art products and services are designed to offer you clean and fresh indoor air. Call us now for greater comfort at home!