Can Poor Indoor Air Quality Affect Your Health?

December 9, 2019

If you’re bothered with sneezing, coughing, and other respiratory issues, the air inside your home could be making your ailments worse. Indoor air pollutants are known to irritate the airways, causing sneezing, itchy throats, and other bothersome symptoms. For those with asthma or other respiratory disorders, indoor air pollutants like chemicals, dust, pet dander, and smoke are all triggers.

Common Indoor Air Pollutants

Not only do substances like chemicals, smoke, aerosols, and pet dander pollute indoor air. The steam from cooking and showers can promote mold growth. Mold spores can become airborne and settle anywhere in a home. Initially, mold may grow without being noticed. However, after a while, the characteristic musty odor, visible black spots, and cottony or powdery residue on surfaces indicate that mold is present in a space.

Poor Ventilation and Faulty Filters Make the Problem Worse

Your kitchen and bathroom ventilation systems are designed to remove moisture from the air, which helps prevent mold growth and bad odors. Inefficient ventilation systems allow these substances to linger. Air filters, when working correctly, help trap pollen and other pollutants to keep them out of the air. Dirty air filters or those installed incorrectly trap pollutants and recirculate them into the home, creating stale and unhealthy air. Dirty air filters also reduce the efficiency of your HVAC unit, resulting in inadequate cooling and heating.

Clean Filters and Proper Ventilation Provide Clean Air

Air filters work as designed when they are clean and installed correctly. Inspecting filters monthly and replacing them as needed can improve indoor air quality. When kept in good repair, kitchen and bathroom ventilation systems remove greasy condensation and moisture that contribute to mold growth and foul odors.

You Can Have Your Indoor Air Quality Evaluated

If you live in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and are still bothered by dirty indoor air, the team at Air Patrol can help. Our services include heating/cooling installation, repair, maintenance, and air quality improvement. We can test your home’s air quality and pinpoint what is polluting your air. We can also help correct the issues causing the problems. Call Air Patrol Air Conditioning, Heating & Fireplaces in Farmers Branch today to improve your indoor air quality.