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What Are the Health Effects of Poor Indoor Air Quality?

June 20th, 2014

459903291A dirty or poorly maintained heating and cooling system can drastically decrease the quality of the air inside your Tucson home. Poor indoor air quality has far-reaching effects on the health and comfort of your family. Scheduling regular heating and cooling maintenance for your HVAC system will help to maintain healthy indoor air quality as well as ensure that your furnace and air conditioner always function at peak efficiency.

Respiratory Problems

Even short-term exposure to airborne pollutants can cause respiratory problems such as irritation of the nose and throat. Itchy, watery eyes, headache, fatigue, and dizziness may also occur. Repeated exposure can cause these symptoms to become worse, while they may improve when you are not at home. Those who are very young, very old, or have compromised immune systems may be at particular risk for respiratory troubles that can lead to further medical complications.

Allergies and Asthma

Poor indoor air quality means increased levels of common allergens in your home, such as dust, pollen, animal dander, mold, and insects skin or droppings. Thus, poor indoor air quality is associated with a higher incidence of allergies and asthma among affected family members. Studies indicate that the rates of childhood asthma are increasing, making indoor air quality in the home particularly important for the many families who have children affected by this disease.

Serious Health Effects

Long-term exposure to polluted indoor air can have significant effects on overall health. Poor indoor air quality is associated with a higher risk of developing heart disease, chronic respiratory disease, and even some forms of cancer. These health concerns may not arise for many years, which is why it is important to regularly maintain and clean your heating and cooling system.

Russett Southwest Corp. proudly provides comprehensive heating and cooling maintenance, repairs, and replacement in the Tucson area. Call us today at (520) 629-9676 to schedule indoor air quality services for your new or existing home, including mold investigation, testing, and assessment. You can find out more about your home’s furnace and air conditioner on our website.