Indoor Air Pollution | Air Duct Cleaning Benefits
With so much emphasis on outdoor air pollution and global warming, we commonly overlook the importance of eliminating indoor air pollution. People spend most of their time indoors, exposing themselves to indoor air more often than outdoor air. Indoor air pollution can be much higher and more dangerous to your health than outdoor air pollution which is why it is important to identify sources for air pollutants and to be familiar with symptoms and adverse health effects caused by exposure to indoor air pollution.
There are many contributing factors to indoor air pollution in a home such as gas stoves, heating and cooling systems, air particles, outside air pollution, and tobacco smoke. Some of these sources can be controlled rather easily by lowering the emissions of a gas stove and going outside for a cigarette. However, airborne particles such as mold, dust, pollen, and other pollutants emitted by building materials and furnishings are a little more difficult to control. These particles float around in the air and get taken into heating and cooling systems just to be redistributed into the air when the system kicks on. Breathing in these air pollutants can lead to a variety of adverse health effects.
It is important to be able to recognize the health effects of indoor air pollution exposure so that the problem can be identified early. The immediate effects may become apparent after brief exposure and the severity of the reactions depends on the age, sensitivity, and medical history of the individual. The immediate symptoms may include irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. These symptoms are very similar to symptoms of the common cold which is why it can be difficult to determine if they are caused by indoor air pollution. If the symptoms persist while at home but seem to disappear while away from the home, then indoor air pollution may be the source.
Long term exposure to indoor air pollution can cause much more serious health complications. The immediate symptoms can develop over time into respiratory diseases, heart disease, or even cancer. While it is known that airborne pollutants can cause these health problems, it is still unknown how long exposure must be and at what concentration level before serious health problems can arise. The best way to reduce these risks is to cut down on the level of indoor air pollution within the house. Much of the airborne pollutants can be removed with a thorough air duct cleaning. Green T cleans air duct systems using the source removal method in which every vent is sealed off and a vacuum is created within the system to eliminate any dust and debris. The internal components are also cleaned to ensure that there are no contaminates to get redistributed back into the breathing air. Call Green T to talk to a professional about our air duct cleaning services if you feel that this service is necessary to clean up the air in your home.