What is Indoor Air Quality, and Should I Worry About It?

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Many people in this day and age spend quite a bit of their time indoors. In a typical home, air can be two to five times more polluted than the outdoor air. Breathing polluted air all day can have serious impacts on your health, comfort, and quality of life. Here’s what you need to know about indoor air quality and why you might be concerned about your home’s air quality.

What Air Quality Means

Air quality refers to the cleanliness of the indoor air and how it impacts your health. When a building or home is tightly sealed, pollutants stick around. Circulating the same air all day means you keep breathing those pollutants. The elderly, babies, and people with chronic breathing disorders are especially susceptible to the effects of poor indoor air quality.

Pollutants That May Be in Your Home’s Air

Every home has indoor air pollutants. Some of the most common pollutants that could be in your home include formaldehyde, benzene, and other volatile organic compounds. They may come from pressed wood products, dry-cleaned clothing, sealants, adhesives, paints, and pesticides. Your home may also have carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide. These come from the combustion process. Tobacco smoke, radon, asbestos, lead, dust, mold spores, bacteria, and viruses also contribute to poor indoor air quality.

Negative Impacts From Poor Indoor Air Quality

Breathing particles, vapors, and other indoor air pollutants can cause inflammation in your airways. Even short-term but high-dosage exposure could cause you to experience flu-like symptoms, nausea, dizziness or even loss of consciousness. Some indoor air pollutants trigger allergies and cause infections. Long-term exposure can lead to worsened asthma, chronic breathing problems or, in severe cases, even lung cancer.

Call Us To Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

GVEC is the trusted provider of indoor air quality solutions in Schertz and surrounding areas in South Central Texas. We also install, repair, and maintain heating and air conditioning systems. Our skilled technicians also install ductless systems and thermostats. For more information about what indoor air quality means and how GVEC can help you breathe easier at home, get in touch with us by calling 877.466.5506today.

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