Indoor air pollution in your St. Simons Island, Georgia, home can contribute to some major health problems. Pollution can come in many forms, such as hazardous chemicals, toxins, pollen, and other irritants. To avoid potential health issues, you should eliminate as many sources of indoor air pollution as possible, as it can cause problems like respiratory issues or even cancer.
What Causes Indoor Air Pollution?
First off, it’s important to know where indoor air pollution comes from. One of the main contributors is volatile organic compounds (VOCs). They are the fumes that come from different household objects, from new carpeting and fresh paint to household cleaners and pesticides. In addition, asbestos, formaldehyde, radon and tobacco smoke also cause indoor air pollution.
Indoor air pollution can trigger a variety of respiratory problems. The immediate symptoms of indoor pollution exposure include coughing or sneezing, eye irritation, and dizziness. If you already have a respiratory condition like asthma, indoor air pollution can make it worse.
In some cases, persistent exposure can make your symptoms so serious that you need immediate medical treatment. It’s important to address indoor air quality issues immediately so you don’t experience adverse health effects.
Thanks to carcinogens found in building materials, cancer is also a serious health risk from indoor air pollution. An older home might still have lead in the paint or asbestos in the insulation. More modern homes might have formaldehyde from Medium Density Fibreboard used in furniture or cabinetry. You might also have phthalates in your carpet’s backing. In many cases, it takes long-term exposure to these contaminants to cause cancer.
If you want to learn more about how you can improve your indoor air quality, call The A/C Guys at 912-268-1514. We can give you an air quality assessment and offer recommendations on how to keep your home healthy.
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