Good air quality is important to your health and safety, which is why Congress passed the Clean Air Act more than 50 years ago. That’s also why the World Health Organization launched the BreatheLife campaign to support healthy sustainable communities. In this guide, we’ll cover why air quality is important to your health and safety, but how you’re affected and how we can help.
Why Is Air Quality Important?
When the air quality is good, you’ll breathe easier, without having difficulty breathing, coughing, wheezing, or feeling fatigued. How will your air quality vary based on where you live, though? If you live right next to a busy freeway, you’ll likely experience the difference in air quality more acutely. But you’ll also notice the differences in air quality based on the time of the year (with seasonal conditions), weather, and temperature.
Who Is Affected by Poor Air Quality?
The most vulnerable individuals to indoor air pollutants are the elderly, children, and the chronically ill. But, everyone is more vulnerable to air pollutants than you might think. So, you might be more susceptible to poor air quality if you have asthma, emphysema, or other pulmonary disease. You could also be more affected if your air vents and filters are not properly installed or maintained.
You could be affected by air pollutants like dust mites, radon, mold, or even carbon monoxide. The causes could be something as simple as poorly vented appliances or devices that simply don’t work well (they need to be repaired or replaced). You’ll also see issues with blocked vents, which typically means you should consider maintenance, which includes replacing your filter.
If you don’t address the air quality in your home, you’ll likely experience health issues. They may start out with headaches or dizziness, but they could increase over time. Depending on your age and medical history, you may already be experiencing the worsening effects of poor air quality.
How Do You Know You’re Affected by Poor Air Quality?
To check if your house is well ventilated, go for a walk. Then, observe what you experience as you walk back into your house.
- Do you notice lingering smells?
- While you were on your walk, did you feel noticeably clearer-headed?
- When you are home, are your eyes irritated?
- Do you have shortness of breath, dizzy spells, and headaches that do not seem to plague you when you are at work or on vacation?
These are some of the symptoms of air pollution, which can be symptoms of poor ventilation, and indoor air pollutants.
Call the Experts at A&R Mechanical to Learn More!
Keep track of when your vents were last serviced, and make sure you know where your vents are located. Then, as your symptoms worsen, contact A&R mechanical to learn more about what we can do. Our experts will have you breathing easy in no time. Become a member of our Comfort Care Program today!