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iStock_000003095333_LargeMost Sarasota homeowners understand the risks of outdoor air pollution. However, the air inside the typical home can be just as toxic or even worse than what’s found outside. With indoor air quality as one of the top five environmental risks to public health, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, it pays to understand how poor indoor air quality impacts your home.

Poor Indoor Air Quality Affects Health

Constant exposure to natural airborne pollutants such as pollen, dust and pet dander, along with molds, aerosols and particulates, can trigger a wide variety of symptoms. These include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Frequent headaches
  • Sore throat and watery eyes
  • Coughing
  • Chest tightness

These airborne pollutants can even trigger asthma attacks among those most susceptible. Poor indoor air quality represents a health risk that should be taken care of as soon as possible.

Poor Indoor Air Quality Impacts System Performance

Poor indoor air quality not only impacts your health, but it can also impact the performance of your heating and cooling system. For instance, large amounts of dust and debris can cause the HVAC system to work harder than intended, resulting in higher energy usage and a corresponding increase in utility costs.

Fortunately, there are ways you can make your home’s indoor air cleaner and healthier to breathe:

  • Consider having your HVAC system’s ductwork professionally cleaned to remove excess dust and debris.
  • Regular cleaning or replacement of the air filter also helps reduce the level of indoor pollutants in the air.
  • Air purification tools such as UV lamps can help cut down the number of biological pollutants in your home’s indoor air.
  • The evaporator coil should be cleaned on an annual basis. Also make sure the condensate drain isn’t clogged with debris, as it can promote a high-moisture environment that spurs mold growth.

Learn more on how to deal with poor indoor air quality by contacting Aqua Plumbing & Air, proudly serving the Sarasota and Bradenton areas since 1974.

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