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What you should know about Indoor air quality

There are many sources of indoor air pollution in any home. Common sources include combustibles such as oil, gas, kerosene, coal, wood, and tobacco products; building materials and furnishings such as asbestos insulation, wet or damp carpet, and cabinetry or furniture made of certain pressed wood products; household cleaning products, personal care, or hobbies; central heating and cooling systems and humidification devices; and outdoor sources such as radon, pesticides, and outdoor air pollution.

Amount of ventilation

If too little outdoor air enters a home, pollutants can accumulate to levels that can pose health and comfort problems. Unless they are built with special mechanical means of ventilation, homes that are designed and constructed to minimise the amount of outdoor air that can 'leak' into and out of the home may have higher pollutant levels than other homes. However, because some weather conditions can drastically reduce the amount of outdoor air that enters a home, pollutants can build up even in homes that are normally considered 'leaky'.

Immediate effects

Immediate effects may show up after a single exposure or repeated exposures. Symptoms include irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, headaches, dizziness and fatigue. Such immediate effects are usually short-term and treatable. Sometimes the treatment is simply eliminating the person's exposure to the source of the pollution. Symptoms of some diseases, including asthma, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, and humidifier fever, may also appear after exposure to some indoor air pollutants.

Long-term effects

Other health effects may show up years after exposure has occurred or only after long or repeated periods of exposure. These effects, which include some respiratory diseases, heart disease, and cancer, can be severely debilitating or fatal. It is prudent to try to improve the indoor air quality in your home even if symptoms are not noticeable.

Have your indoor air quality checked today

Five Borough AC can perform a full home air quality assessment. This assessment allows us to custom tailor an air quality solution that fits your needs and budget.

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