Did you know that the number of people who die annually due to indoor air pollution exceeds four million people? According to the World Health Organization, the number of people who die every year due to indoor air pollution is approximately 4.3 million. Most people would be surprised to learn that this mortality rate is near that of outdoor air pollution-related deaths. In layman’s terms, indoor air pollution has some big consequences on the health of people if it is left untreated. The purpose of this blog article is to further educate you on indoor air contaminants and how they affect you.
Most Common Indoor Air Contaminant
Though it may be hard to believe and goes against popular belief, most contaminants actually originate indoors. The EPA reports that indoor air can be up to five times more contaminated than the air outside. The most common indoor air contaminants are listed below.
- Moisture: as moisture accumulates in your home, it can become a host to multiple moisture-related health hazards such as mildew, dust mites, and mold.
- Dust: this is a combination of dirt, carpet fibers, and dead skin cells that have been accumulating in your home.
- Radon: there is a possibility that radioactive radon gas is percolating beneath the surface of your home’s foundation without you even being aware of it.
- Combustible products: gas-powered common appliances such as your stove, furnace, water heater, and dryer give off contaminants.
- Volatile organic compounds (VOCs): synthetic materials used by the construction and manufacturing industries can release byproducts into the air and begin to circulate through your home.
Who is Affected and What are the Effects of Indoor Air Contaminants
No one is exempt from being affected by indoor air contaminants when exposed for prolonged periods of time. The effects, when left untreated for long periods of time, can be fatal. Those who are affected by indoor contaminants the most are often people who don’t keep up with their HVAC maintenance and neglect to change out their air filters often. As the polluted air continues to build up and cycle through your home, the more it affects you.
Some of the most common symptoms of indoor air pollution can be mistaken for allergy or cold symptoms and include sneezing, dizziness, coughing, headaches, upper respiratory tract congestion, sick building syndrome, and fatigue amongst many others. These symptoms can and will often exacerbate other existing health issues and conditions as well.
Indoor Air Quality in Fort Worth
We take your health and indoor air quality inspections very seriously at Titan Air Solutions. If you believe your home has been affected by indoor air contaminants, give us a call today, or fill out this form to book us online. We will have a technician sent to your location within 24 hours. We know Fort Worth’s air better than anyone and are confident we will be able to expertly and professionally advise you on your home’s indoor air quality.