We can all sense when something is off. Perhaps you are a bit dizzy, have a nagging dry cough, or simply feel your allergies setting in much earlier than usual. While these may seem like symptoms of the common cold, if you can’t find relief after days and weeks of over-the-counter medication and frequent sick days, the cause may be air pollution wreaking havoc in your own home.
So, what exactly are the health effects of air pollution and how does air duct cleaning help?
Air pollution in your home can be frightening, unexpected, and the cause of serious long-term health problems. Let’s walk through all the potential effects, how to determine if your home’s air quality is poor, and everything you can do right now to stop air pollution and reverse the damage.
What Are the Effects?
Depending on pre-existing conditions and the severity of your air pollution, symptoms may vary. In mild cases, you may experience flu-like symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, sneezing, and coughing.
If you already suffer from allergies, asthma, or other respiratory conditions, you may notice that your symptoms are worsening inexplicably. Perhaps you are sneezing throughout the day, regardless of if you’ve stepped outside to breathe in pollen, grass, and other outdoor irritants. Or maybe you’re having sudden asthma attacks after years without symptoms.
In severe cases, air pollution may cause heart, liver, and kidney damage. High doses of heavy pollutants such as carbon monoxide can also result in death.
How Can I Tell?
According to the World Health Organization, air pollution can be 2-5 times higher indoors than outdoors. So how do you know if the air quality in your home is part of the statistic? Aside from experiencing some of the above symptoms, there are a few things to look out for when determining if your home’s air quality has been compromised.
First and foremost, take a moment to inspect your air ducts. Is there a visible mold substance growing? Are the ducts clogged with excessive amounts of dirt and dust? Are they infested with vermin or rodents? (yes, this can happen!). The above are strong indicators that your home’s air quality is poor and it’s time to have your air ducts professionally cleaned.
Additionally, you can perform air quality tests with a home monitor. Home monitors can detect dust particles as well as other allergens. Carbon monoxide monitors are also essential for detecting and preventing a potentially lethal carbon monoxide leak.
Finally, your eyes and ears can help you detect the sight and smell of mold. If you notice a musty smell or black spots that don’t disappear with routine cleaning, you’ve likely got a mold infestation that’s compromising your home’s air quality.
What Can I Do?
To improve your home’s air toxicity, implement a few basic rules. Encourage smokers to smoke outdoors, open windows regularly to keep your home well ventilated, and remove certain household products such as sprays and cleaners with harsh chemicals.
And of course, have your home’s air ducts cleaned professionally. Professionals will remove all dust, dirt, and vermin (sorry, we know it’s a repulsive thought!) to ensure nothing is compromising your health or the health of your loved ones.
Forget factory waste, fire smoke, and automobile exhaust. While you may believe the greatest health risks linger outside your home – sometimes, the air in your own four walls poses the gravest danger.
Air pollution is a serious threat and will always require serious action. Luckily, air duct cleaning services are always here to help.
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