Indoor Air Quality: Is It Making You Sick?

Indoor air quality (IAQ) is one of the most important factors in maintaining a healthy and safe home environment. Homeowners should be aware when their IAQ is being lowered by mold, mildew, and dust because the dangers are real and can significantly affect your and your family’s health.

Thinking about the health risks of IAQ reminds us of a story from an associate who recently visited the doctor. As he was waiting, the man sitting next to him had fallen asleep in his chair, received an angry phone call from his wife, yelled at the receptionist, and stormed off before being seen by the doctor.

The man could be overheard talking about his symptoms with the nurse. For three months, he had worked at a house that had mold. Since finishing that job, he had been unable to function. He was constantly fatigued, he was unable to find suitable work, and his marriage was unraveling. He had also developed an aversion to alcohol, where even the faintest smell of wine repulsed him. It became apparent to him that he was seriously ill and in need of medical assistance.

While common symptoms of mold exposure are itchy throat and irritated eyes, prolonged exposure to pathogenic mold can lead to more serious conditions, much like the kind that the man was describing.

Some of the top symptoms of mold-associated illness are:

  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Headaches
  • Light sensitivity
  • Poor memory, difficulty with word finding
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Morning stiffness, joint pain

You can also develop other symptoms, including appetite swings and a metallic taste in your mouth. This may help to explain why the man had a sudden aversion to alcohol. The story is just one example of how poor IAQ can have serious impacts on your health and livelihood. It also shows why monitoring your IAQ is so important.

How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

Several do-it-yourself methods can help to boost your indoor air quality, like installing dehumidifiers, smoking outdoors, buying indoor plants to freshen the air, and leaving windows open whenever possible. But for those with a high sensitivity to airborne particles and pathogens, and especially in homes with young children or the elderly, there are more effective methods.

American Air & Heat offers solutions to help improve your IAQ as much as possible. These include:

  • Electronic Air Cleaners
  • Electrostatic Filters
  • Mechanical Air Cleaners
  • V. Lights
  • System Enhancements

Our certified technicians will help you determine the solution that meets your unique needs and stays within your budget. Call us today at (407) 512-9337 or fill out an online contact form.

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