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Indoor Air Quality and Your Health

How Does Indoor Air Quality Affect Your Health?

Can poor indoor air quality really affect your health? The answer is a definite YES!

Indoor air quality has been named among the top five environmental risks by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Just as each person has different allergies and/or different sensitivities to allergens so the impact of poor indoor air quality will impact people individually. Some individuals will be impacted dramatically while others may notice almost no effects. The most common health problems are those commonly associated with allergic reactions of all kinds such as:

  • Irritated sinuses
  • Running nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Coughing
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Itching
  • Nausea

While the above are the most common they are not the extent of the health damage that can be caused by poor indoor air quality.

According to the American Lung Association:

"Air pollution in general hurts the body by inflaming and destroying the lung tissue and by weakening the lung's defense against contaminants."

Additionally, if mold is one of the pollutants in the home prolonged illness and (in rare cases) even death are possible depending upon the type of mold and an individual's sensitivity.

Remember: Indoor air quality should be taken seriously. If you feel that you or someone you know is being affected by pollutants at home or work you should consult a physician or your local county health department.

How can you reduce indoor pollutants?

Read what the American Lung Association says about air pollution and your health.

You can learn more about mold and it's dangers at the EPA website.

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