Maintaining your indoor air quality is vital to protecting your health. Poor indoor air quality can impact comfort and cause serious health issues. Here are three of the biggest threats to your indoor air quality in Fort Pierce, FL.
Biological contaminants are any microorganisms that can affect your lungs. Air filters trap these contaminants and prevent them from entering your indoor air supply. If you have dirty air filters, you increase your chances of biological contaminants entering your home.
Presence of excess moisture in your indoor air can also encourage the growth of biological contaminants. Installing a dehumidifier can reduce moisture in your indoor air and prevent the growth of these pollutants. Biological contaminants can trigger allergies and asthma attacks or lead to other respiratory diseases.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
Volatile organic compounds include smoke, odors, vapor and radon that are harmful to your health. Many of your household cleaning products, perfumes and aerosol sprays contain VOCs. Air fresheners, disinfectants, paint and paint solvents also contain VOCs.
Exposure to secondhand smoke can cause eye, nose and skin irritation. Other effects include pneumonia, wheezing, coughing and even lung cancer. It can also trigger asthma attacks and allergies.
Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that’s toxic when exposed for a long duration. It can cause dizziness, headaches, nausea, increased heart rate, confusion and tiredness. Prolonged exposure to high levels of carbon monoxide can lead to death.
Particulates include dust, dirt, pollen and pet dander. They can lower the quality of your indoor air. They can build up in your air ducts and spread throughout your home. Particulates can affect people with allergies asthma and worsen respiratory problems.
Cleaning your air ducts and replacing your filter can help to prevent particulates from entering your indoor air. You can also install air purifiers and air cleaners to improve the quality of your indoor air.
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