With so much focus on climate control and outdoor pollutants, sometimes it’s easy to forget about the quality of your indoor air. Truth be told, the negative effects of poor indoor air quality can be just as damaging to you as outdoor air.
Individuals who struggle with allergies, asthma or both usually show the first symptoms of poor indoor air. They will have difficulty breathing or experience raw, scratchy eyes, nose or throat. With the absence of other common triggers, air quality is likely the culprit. Cleaner air often brings relief.
Prone to Illness
The same contaminants that trigger allergies and asthma also make individuals without those conditions more likely to experience illness. Sinus irritants like mold, dust and debris may develop into sinus infections or bronchitis. Hospitals use commercial size air cleaners to purify the air patients breathe.
From a house maintenance perspective, the negative effects of poor indoor air quality involve the function of your heating and cooling system. Dust and debris builds up on the components of your system and bog down the mechanical workings. Over time, this shortens the life of your system because it forces your system to work harder to accomplish the same results. Cleaner air leads to cleaner systems and vice versa.
Similarly, when the system is forced to work harder, it requires more energy to do so. That extra energy usage takes a direct hit on your wallet. In addition to having to replace your system more often, you’re paying more to run the system while you have it. Clean air costs less.
For information about how to improve the quality of your indoor air, contact the HVAC professionals at Roth Heating and Cooling. We’ve been serving the air needs of the Portland area for over 30 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Metro Portland area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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