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Indoor Air Quality & Its Health Effects

Indoor Air Quality & Its Health Effects

Environmental pollutants pose a risk to our health yet we face them every day. When we drive to work or take our daily jog on the Midtown Greenway, even if we stay inside all day, we put ourselves at risk when we breathe in these toxins. While you can’t control the air quality of the Twin Cities, with the help of the professionals at Minneapolis Saint Paul Plumbing, Heating and Air, you can take action in your own home to ensure the highest air quality control.

Did you know people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors? Research also shows that the air we breathe at home or in the office can be more polluted than the air outside. Gases and particles are released into the air from your toilet or your oven and then they’re confined to your home. Humidity and rising temperatures add to this by concentrating and condensing some pollutants. Without proper ventilation, these toxins continue to accumulate in your home increasing your health risks.

You may experience the health effects of your indoor toxins immediately with signs of irritation and dizziness. Or the effects may cultivate and over time, manifest itself by way of respiratory disease, heart disease or cancer. Improving the indoor air quality in your home provides a great health benefit, both short-term and long-term.

There are three strategies for improving your home’s air quality:

  • Duct Cleaning – to eliminate current contaminants
  • Whole Home Humidifiers – to reduce allergens
  • Air Filters & Purifiers – to remove allergens and reduce the need for dusting

A holistic approach such as this, combined with ventilation measures like opening windows from time to time, help provide the best possible air quality for your home. Before utilizing these strategies, assess your current air flow and contamination situation. The Twin Cities air pollution professionals can do an evaluation of your home and recommend the best course of action. Contact Minneapolis Saint Paul Plumbing, Heating and Air at (651) 228-9200 to schedule your evaluation today.

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