Humidity and Indoor Air Quality Affect Your Comfort

When most people think about indoor comfort, they think about temperature. Did you know that air quality and moisture levels also affect comfort? These two variables can have a huge impact on how you feel in any Sylacauga, Alabama, indoor space.

What Is Indoor Air Pollution?

Indoor air quality has deteriorated over time as buildings have become more tightly sealed to keep heated and cooled air from escaping. This can lower energy costs considerably, but when tightly-sealed Alabama buildings have little or no ventilation, airborne contaminants can multiply rapidly.

How Does Air Quality Affect Health?

Airborne contaminants can cause unpleasant symptoms. Pollutants include dander, dust mites, volatile organic compounds, gasses, pollen, bacteria, ozone, insect droppings, dust, viruses, mildew, smoke and spores that all have adverse health effects.

What Symptoms Can These Contaminants Cause?

Indoor air pollutants can aggravate allergies and make respiratory conditions like asthma worse. Airborne contaminants can cause nausea, headaches, lethargy, sinus conditions, itchy eyes and throat, skin rashes, flaky skin, coughing, sneezing and dizziness. The symptoms usually clear up outdoors and are not linked to a medical condition. Those who live in environments where there is heavy indoor air pollution tend to get sick more often than those who don’t.

What Are the Adverse Effects of High Indoor Humidity?

The greatest danger of high indoor humidity is that it encourages the growth of dust mites, mildew and spores that become toxic inside the body and cause allergic symptoms in those who are susceptible.

If you suspect that the air in your Sylacauga home may be contaminated, have it tested. If the results are positive, there are products like UV lamps, electronic air cleaners, air purifiers, dehumidifiers and ventilators that can quickly clean the air. To learn more about how you can have healthy indoor air, visit Affordable Heating and Air, LLC, or call us directly at (256) 245-2870 to schedule air quality testing.