Dust - dust particles in homes can accumulate over time and contain a mix of allergens including pollen, dust mites and pet dander. Disturbing dust can release these particles into the air.
Mould and mildew - dampness and moisture issues in homes can foster the growth of mould and mildew. These microorganisms can release spores and mycotoxins into the air, posing health risks and contributing to indoor air pollution.
Cooking - preparing meals, especially with gas stoves, can emit pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate matter into the air.
Pollen and outdoor allergens - pollen and other outdoor allergens can enter homes through open windows and doors contributing to indoor air quality issues, especially for allergy sufferers.
What are the Symptoms of Poor Air Quality in a House?
Poor air quality can affect us in a variety of ways. Of course, the effects can vary depending on the specific pollutants present and the sensitivity of the individuals living in the home, but some common symptoms to look out for include:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest tightness
Allergies and asthma:
- Increased allergy symptoms (e.g., runny nose, itchy eyes)
- Aggravated asthma symptoms
- Increased frequency and severity of asthma attacks
Irritated eyes, nose and throat:
- Red, itchy, or watery eyes
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
Fatigue and headaches:
- Feeling tired or lethargic
- Frequent headaches
- Skin irritation or rashes
Can Air Conditioning Improve Air Quality?
Air conditioning is just one aspect of improving indoor air quality, and there are other essential steps to take to ensure a healthy home environment, such as maintaining cleanliness, reducing indoor pollution sources and seeking professional advice if health concerns arise.