How Does Poor Air Quality
Poor air quality—even indoors—can affect your overall health. Every time you open a door or window, pollutants outside come in. Add those pollutants to indoor impurities, toxins, and chemicals, and you can have some serious breathing and other health issues.
Many older homes have asbestos, which, if disturbed, can be a huge breathing risk. Asbestos must be professionally removed. Homes may have carbon monoxide from appliances that burn fuels, such as gas stoves, fireplaces or gas clothes dryers, or even from tobacco smoke. Pressed wood products give off formaldehyde. If you protect your home from insects and bugs, you probably have pesticides in your air. Certain cleaning products introduce particles into the air. Even the dust in your home can contain lead particles.
We build our homes more airtight these days to keep outdoor pollutants out. Unfortunately, we also seal in indoor pollutants. That is why indoor air quality should be a high priority in your home. For people who suffer with ailments of the heart or lungs like COPD, asthma, emphysema or temporary illnesses like bronchitis or pneumonia, indoor pollutants can be troublesome. Asthma and allergy sufferers often see improvement when a first-rate air filtration system is used and maintained.