As we spend more time indoors, and with an increase in a variety of respiratory illnesses, the issue of poor indoor air quality is garnering more and more attention. Multiple scientific studies have shown that the air inside the average American home can actually be several times more polluted than outdoor air. The health consequences of indoor air pollution range from worsening allergy and asthma symptoms to serious illnesses like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and lung cancer. Read on to learn more about the contaminants that can put the health of your family at risk in your Austin, Texas home.
Invisible Threats to Your Health
When it comes to indoor air quality, the pollutants you can see like dust represent only a fraction of what’s circulating through the air. Most airborne contaminants are smaller than a single micron, or less than .000049 inches in size. The Environmental Protection Agency warns that these invisible particulates pose the greatest threats to your health because they are inhaled deep into the lungs and can even enter the bloodstream.
Common Indoor Pollutants
In South Central Texas, finding solutions for indoor air pollution begins with identifying the contaminants found in nearly every home, which include:
- Biological contaminants such as mold, pollen, animal dander, and dust mites that trigger asthma attacks and allergy symptoms.
- Combustion pollutants generated by faulty gas stoves, fireplaces, and poorly maintained fuel-burning heaters.
- Household products like paints, cleaners, air fresheners, and pesticides that emit organic chemicals when used or stored improperly.
- Furnishings and building materials that off-gas dangerous chemical like formaldehyde, that can increase your risk for cancer.
Your Air Quality Experts
From whole-home air purification systems to ductwork repairs, Woods Comfort Systems is proud to offer an array of products and services designed to protect you from the health consequences of indoor air pollution. For more information about how we help make the air in your home and businesses healthier, check out our indoor air quality solutions or call us at 512-842-5066 today.