The quality of air in your home can impact the health of you and your entire family. Side effects from breathing poor air can show up immediately, but can also harm your body for years and show up much later. The side effects of poor air quality range from mildly inconvenient to fatal and should be taken very seriously.

If your indoor air quality is bad, it can trigger allergies and other physical reactions. Immediate signs of poor air quality can include headaches, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, runny noses, and sore throats. These can be caused by poor quality air, which can contain a variety of different pollutants and allergens that can harm your body.

Signs That Your Air Quality Is Low
There are certain signs and symptoms that you should be aware of when determining if the air in your home is problematic for the health of you and your loved ones. Look for new and unusual allergy symptoms. Note similar symptoms between family members. Try to see if any of your family is experiencing allergy like symptoms without being exposed to triggering allergens. Look for inconsistencies throughout the house in air distribution. If some rooms are getting better airflow than others, this may be the sign of a bigger problem. If any of these things come up with suspicious results, it may be time to contact a professional to have the quality of the air in your home inspected.

Indoor Air Can Hold More Than Just Allergens
Sometimes a pesky allergic reaction is the least of your problems regarding the quality of your indoor air. If chemicals are being emitted through your home’s air system, it is important to have it addressed immediately. Chemicals in your air will have harsher side effects than allergens. This can take place in the form of fatigue, vomiting, muscle pain, difficulty in breathing, loss of hearing, etc. If you or your family members have a sudden onset of strange side effects such as these, get out of the home and call a professional immediately. Do not stay in the home for any longer than you absolutely must and evacuate pets as well. The long-term effects of breathing in chemicals can be fatal (depending on the chemical and the frequency of exposure).

Be Careful During Renovations
Home repairs and renovations can often cause unwanted particles to enter the air supply. This is because chemicals and allergens build up in your air conditioning system as the repairs are being done and eventually circulate throughout the entire house. For this reason, it is important to use only credible professionals when making any modifications to your home. It is also a good idea to get your HVAC system inspected after home repairs are completed as a preventative measure to prevent breathing in chemicals and other toxins.

When in Doubt, Contact a Professional
The air you breathe is incredibly important to your health, and poor air circulation can lead to serious medical problems and even death in extreme cases. A professional will know where to look, what to look for, and how to solve any air related issues that you may have in your home. If you think that there is an issue with the air supply in your house, do not compromise your family’s health and do not wait. Contact a professional right away.

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Author:  Sarah Vidumsky, PA-C