Indoor air quality refers to how healthy the air inside your home is. There are many things that can affect the quality of the air in your home in a negative way. There are also a number of steps you can take to improve the air you breathe every day, from making sure that your Long Island area home is ventilated properly to reducing moisture levels.
Combustion sources, such as wood, oil, gas, kerosene and coal can affect your indoor air quality. Cigarette or tobacco smoke can also have this effect. If parts of your home are deteriorating, the failing materials can also affect the way you breathe. If you have mold, damp carpet, insulation containing asbestos, or certain pressed wood products, you might notice some of the symptoms associated with poor air quality. Allergens or pesticides brought in from the air outside can also affect the air in your home. Even factors such as your heating and cooling systems and the presence of radon can affect your indoor air quality.
Poor indoor air quality in your home causes many symptoms. Some of the things that might occur right away are dizziness, trouble breathing, and scratchy or sore eyes, nose or throat. The lower your immune system, the more you may notice symptoms like these. For example, if you have an autoimmune disease you will be much more sensitive to air pollutants that someone with a healthy immune system. After prolonged exposure to air pollutants you can potentially develop asthma or a respiratory illness, such as humidifier fever.
There are a number of ways to discover if the indoor air quality of your home is not as good as it could be. You can look for the health symptoms previously described. You can also check the structures in your home to see that they aren’t holding any extra moisture. Call a professional and make sure the heating, cooling, and ventilation systems in your home are working properly. We do a lot of indoor air assessments, and we can help you find solutions to poor indoor air.
Consider installing radon or carbon monoxide detectors to make sure your home is safe from any dangerous gases. Taking these steps can help you to find out where air pollutants are entering your home.
Once you have found what is negatively affecting the indoor air quality of your home, take the necessary steps to prevent the pollutants from forming in the air you breathe. Even if you can’t find out where the source of the air pollutants is, there are steps you can take to improve the quality of the air you breathe. You can purchase an air cleaner, or have a whole house dehumidifier installed to remove moisture that leads to mold and other contaminants. You might even want to have the air ducts in your home cleaned. You’ll also want to improve ventilation, regularly opening windows and doors when the weather permits.
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