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How Poor Indoor Air Quality Can Affect Your Health


Every time you take a breath in your home, you’re inhaling more than just pure air; you’re also inhaling every particle that is mixed in it. These extra particles can range based on your indoor air quality. From dust and dirt particles to gases, your health could be heavily affected based on the air quality in your home. Check out how poor indoor air quality can affect your health.

Short Term Effects

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The effects you may encounter from poor indoor air quality depend on several factors, including length of exposure, types of pollutants in the air, and their concentration. While the short-term effects don’t have as serious consequences as long-term effects, they can still be annoying and worrisome. When the air quality inside your home is poor, you may begin to feel symptoms like dizziness, fatigue, confusion, headaches, nausea, and irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat. If you don’t know that these are common symptoms of poor indoor air quality, you may even mistake them for a common cold or allergies.

Respiratory Health Effects

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Poor indoor air quality can also cause mild to severe respiratory issues. Common effects include nasal congestion, nose bleeds, difficulty breathing, wheezing or worsening asthma, and severe lung disease. Those with pre-established respiratory issues will notice an even more severe reaction to the pollutants they are breathing in. They could possibly go into respiratory distress or have severe asthma attacks.

Long-Term Effects

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Brief exposure to contaminated indoor air usually causes mild symptoms that go away after leaving the affected space. However, your brief exposure is now transformed into repeated, long-term exposure if that space is your home. This causes the potential risks and health effects to increase significantly. Prolonged exposure can potentially lead to mood changes, respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, neurological disorders, cancer, and other health conditions. Airborne pollution, produced from long-term poor indoor air quality, is also a known hazard to pregnant women and young children, increasing the risk of birth defects and future developmental problems.

Schedule Indoor Air Quality Services with Waldrop Plumbing, Heating & Air! 

Indoor air quality can have a huge impact on your health. Based on the length and frequency of exposure, your symptoms can range from mild and disappear to severe and long-lasting. If you believe you have symptoms related to your air quality, give Waldrop a call at (864) 641-4011 today to schedule an indoor air quality check for your home!

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