Indoor air quality (IAQ) has the ability to negatively affect your health in Washington, D.C. Air pollution can lead to allergy symptoms, the growth of carcinogens and even the rare condition of hypersensitivity pneumonitis. There are many causes of poor indoor air quality in your Washington, DC, home, but there are ways to improve it.
Causes of Bad Indoor Air Quality in Your Washington, DC, Home
The main cause of bad indoor air quality are sources of pollution and bad ventilation. Sources such as tobacco products, building materials, and wet carpet can release gases, toxins and particles in the air. Without proper ventilation and an air purification system, the pollutants will continue to accumulate, increasing the density of pollutants in the air.
Health Effects of Bad Indoor Air Quality
Symptom of bad IAQ can show up quickly or take years to develop. If there are toxins in the air, you may experience headaches and dizziness. If you have allergies, you may find your respiratory system and sinuses are constantly irritated.
While air pollutants can cause serious health problems, it is still not known how long exposure needs to be or the level of concentration of the pollutants it takes to develop a specific health problem. However, how quickly symptoms appear depends on the individual’s medical history and age.
Changing Bad Indoor Air Quality
One machine our professionals may recommend is a whole-home air purifier. These systems connect to your HVAC system, and they pull pollutants directly from the air. The Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) rates air filters, allowing you to choose the level of filtration you want in your home.
A clear sign that you have bad IAQ is that you feel sick when you’re at home and that the symptoms go away when you’re away all day. Our professionals can help you find the source of the pollutants and eliminate it. Contact Griffith Energy Services to improve the air quality in your home so your family can feel healthier and safer.
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