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How Can You Prevent Air Quality Issues from Building Up Within Your Home?

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Households throughout the Louisville area face common indoor air quality issues that affect their health and comfort when spending time at home. Thankfully, you are able to use HVAC systems and solutions to deliver cleaner air and avoid these issues.

Jarboe’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling explains how indoor air quality issues affect you in the home and why they require attention. We also explain some of the trusty HVAC solutions that are used to deliver better indoor air quality within your Louisville home. For help addressing your indoor air quality issues, call Jarboe’s today!

About Indoor Air Quality

The term ‘air pollution’ typically evokes thoughts of looming smog, and is considered by many to be an issue that affects the air outdoors. Unfortunately, if you consider air pollution to only be an outdoor problem, you skip over the air quality that is most important and impactful to you personally – indoor air quality.

The air inside your home can be much more polluted that outside air. In fact, contaminant concentrations can be as much as 5 times higher within your home, compared to outside. This is often due to the construction measures we take to help our homes retain energy – while heating and cooling energy is kept in, unfortunately so are contaminants.

All sorts of different contaminants can exist in your home’s air supply, and exposure causes very real effects. Over short periods, exposure to airborne contaminants leads to eye, nose, and throat irritations, headaches, fatigue, dizziness, and other symptoms similar to those of a cold – which also makes indoor air quality issues difficult to differentiate from being sick. Those who suffer from allergies and asthma are more likely to suffer symptoms and asthma attacks due to the near-constant exposure to their triggers. Over many years, exposure to poor indoor air quality has been linked to serious health issues including heart disease, respiratory conditions, and even lung cancer.

Why are indoor air quality issues such a concern? Well, because most of us spend the overwhelming majority of our time indoors, whether it be at home, work, or elsewhere – 90 percent of our time, on average. Indoor air pollution impacts the average American 90 percent of their time, increasing the risk of the health issues mentioned above.

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