Nov 16, 2015

5 Dangerous Health Effects of Indoor Air Pollution

By: Boyd Bros. HVAC

While most of the time, when you are suffering from allergies, your initial instinct is to just stay indoors. But… what if your indoor air quality is worse than outside?

The World Health Organization reports “there is strong evidence that exposure to household air pollution can lead to a wide range of child and adult disease outcomes, including acute and chronic respiratory conditions (e.g. pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), lung cancer, ischemic heart disease, stroke and cataract. There is also supporting evidence suggesting exposure to household air pollution is linked with adverse pregnancy outcomes, tuberculosis, upper aero-digestive tract, cervical and other cancers”.

5 Dangerous Health Effects of Indoor Air Pollution

  1. Acute lower respiratory infections: Exposure to household air pollution accounts for more than half of deaths to childhood pneumonia in children under five years of age.
  2. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive and incompletely reversible airflow obstruction.
  3. Lung cancer: Smoke from both coal and biomass contains substantial amounts of carcinogens (chemical substances known to increase the risk of cancer).
  4. Cardiovascular Disease: Particulate matter is a health-damaging pollutant common to air pollution from different combustion sources including including ambient air pollution, second-hand smoke and active smoking.
  5. Cataract: An increasing number of epidemiological studies and toxicological evidence provide good evidence that household solid fuel use for cooking is associated with cataract formation, especially among women.

Preventative Indoor Air Pollution Tips

It is all too easy to forget about the dust and allergens living inside your house and duct work and blame your discomfort on the Florida weather. Take the time to go through a HVAC allergies check list to help reduce the itchy, watery eyes and runny noses so you can enjoy the beautiful shift in weather.

  • Dust indoors, especially fixtures and fans
  • Clean your air ducts
  • Schedule HVAC maintenance
  • Clean your filter regularly
  • Prune your trees, add weed control
  • Schedule an indoor air quality check

Air Conditioning Professionals

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We have the utmost respect for you, your home, and your heating and cooling needs. We look forward to earning your business through top-quality repair and installation work.

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