How is Indoor Air Affecting Your Health?
When you think of poor air quality what comes to mind? You probably think of big cities like New York City or Los Angeles. But do you ever think about the quality of indoor air in your home or business? It turns out that your indoor air could potentially be a greater threat to your health than the air outside.
Indoor air can be anywhere from 2 to 5 times more contaminated and polluted than the air outdoors. The concern over indoor air quality has increased greatly over the years considering that roughly 90% of our lives are spent indoors. With all of that time spent indoors, the health risks of indoor pollution are often greater than outdoor pollution. These health risks are especially harmful for individuals who already suffer from respiratory or cardiovascular diseases.
Common pollutants include dust, dirt, and mold, and these particles are so small that it makes it easier for them to find a way into your home and become trapped in small spaces. Some of these pollutants remain airborne while others settle on surfaces, but some remain in the air duct system where they could be recirculated 5-7 times a day, easily being breathed in.
The most common symptoms of indoor air pollution are coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, and headaches. However, more severe health effects include damage to the heart or lungs.
To prevent these harmful effects and improve your indoor air quality, it is extremely important to remove these pollutants by regularly cleaning your HVAC system and ducts. Once the air ducts are cleaned of pollutants, the air becomes cleaner and less contaminated.
As winter approaches and the temperature outside continues to decrease, we begin to spend more time indoors than out. You already have to worry about seasonal allergies this time of year, so help prevent even more health risks by getting your ducts cleaned and keeping your indoor air safe.
Here at DLOM we offer HVAC Systems and Duct Cleaning as well as Hot Water & Steam Coil Cleaning to ensure that your air ducts are thoroughly clean. To learn more about the services we offer here at DLOM visit the services page of our website or call us today at (859) 554-3354.