Why Get Your Indoor Air Quality Checked in the First Place?
Bad indoor air quality can affect your health. The problem with this is that impacts each person differently. For example, if we look at the health impact of mold alone, there are dozens of different symptoms that can arise based on the sensitivities of the occupants and the types of mold present.
In addition, children or the elderly may feel this on a greater scale than a normal healthy adult. With this said, there are a few common health issues we can associate with bad air quality
- Allergic reactions: The most common situation is something like dust, mold, or pollen triggering a traditional allergic reaction. Issues here can range from irritation of the skin to coughing and sneezing.
- Increased sensitivity: In some cases, you may not have any reaction to exposure to a certain chemical or entity in the air. However, it’s been chosen that this can change over time, leading to a new sensitivity to a certain chemical.
- Lethargy/mental health issues: Feelings of fatigue or depression have been linked to air quality problems in some cases.
- Increasing additional issues: Studies have shown that poor air quality can increase the impact of other existing health issues.
Note that these are just a few of the common elements associated with bad air quality. Certainly, prolonged exposure to asbestos or carbon monoxide can prove life-threatening. One of the most difficult things about this is that the most common reactions to bad air quality aren’t that different than a common cold. This is why it’s important to have regular air testing done, rather than just relying on your symptoms.