Indoor Air Quality

Your home should be a comfortable and healthy haven for you and your family. Living well begins with breathing well and good indoor air quality is a must. The first step to achieving better indoor air quality is to understand the causes.

Causes of Poor Indoor Air Quality

Poor indoor air quality occurs when there are pollutants inside and inadequate ventilation. A few of most common indoor pollutants:

  • Tobacco products
  • Excess moisture, which can lead to mold
  • Pet dander
  • Newly installed carpet, flooring, or upholstery
  • Household products like harsh cleaners
  • Deteriorating insulation
  • Outdoor air pollution that gets inside

Air-Quality Related Health Issues

Poor indoor air quality can make a big impact on your health both in the immediate and long-term. Often immediately after exposure to indoor air pollution, you could experience:

  • Sneezing
  • Watery eyes
  • Irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue

These symptoms can be more severe in people who have respiratory issues like asthma. Often, they will go away as soon as the pollutants are removed Long-term exposure can be more serious and can lead to chronic health issues over years of exposure.

Preventing Poor Indoor Air Quality

One of the most effective ways to improve indoor air quality is to reduce the number of pollutants. Experts recommend giving up smoking or at least smoking only outdoors. Switching to low VOC cleaners can cut down on pollutants in the home.

Improving ventilation can help remove pollutants and lead to fresher air. Improved filtration with air cleaners can also cut some pollutants and lead to better indoor air quality. If you'd like your air quality checked, contact the experts at MC Mechanical today!