Poor indoor air quality can go unnoticed in your home, because the problems are typically odorless and not visible to the naked eye. The presence of mold spores, dust, moisture and volatile organic compounds in homes in North Hollywood, California, and other parts of the country can, in fact, make indoor air quality worse than the outdoor air.
Humidity levels between 30 and 60 percent occur naturally in a home. However, if moisture levels rise above 60 percent, the home then becomes an ideal environment for mold spores to multiply in the air and on surfaces. Most people won’t know that they’re breathing in mold spores, but will experience allergy symptoms such as sneezing, a runny nose, itchy eyes and the onset of or increase in asthma attacks. A dehumidifier unit can be used to bring the moisture levels back down to a more comfortable level and improve indoor air quality.
Harmful toxins can be found in the air in our homes, and are emitted from products in our home such as chemical-based cleaning products, wall paint, kitchen counter tops and carpets. These volatile organic compounds are usually odorless and can wreak havoc on a person’s health by causing respiratory illnesses, asthma, fatigue, nausea or anxiety. Air-purification units,along with HEPA and carbon filters, can remove most of these toxins from the air.
Indoor air quality can be bettered via the use of stand-alone air-purification units or a whole-house unit, which remove dust, dander, pollen and other particles from the air. Many people are allergic to these irritants, and can suffer from allergic rhinitis symptoms when they are exposed to them for any length of time. Unfortunately many of these people don’t realize their symptoms are caused by indoor air-quality issues. Leaving these issues untreated can lead to asthma and other respiratory issues.
You can contact Around the Clock Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. for more information on the problems you could be experiencing due to poor indoor air quality. You can also set up a consultation to speak with a representative about servicing or purchasing a new air-purification unit for your home.
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