The air we breathe is absolutely essential to our survival, but it seems so easy to overlook at the same time. Perhaps we ignore it because we can’t see it swirling around us, or observe the different concentrations of substances from one pocket to the next. Whatever the reason, simply paying the air we breathe no attention will not reduce its potential for negative side effects.
Indeed, many negative side effects are possible with poor air quality. Below, we look at how concentrations of mould, pet dander, dust mites, allergens and other substances may be responsible for a range of health concerns. These can affect our lungs and hearts primarily, but our whole body may suffer from particular risks. Learn more down below.
The Possible Risks Associated with Poor Air Quality
Breathing & Lung Conditions
Remember when smoke alarms used to be just smoke alarms? Now, of course, they are packaged together with carbon monoxide detectors as well. The installation and readiness of these devices is a mandate in all human dwellings, but obviously, they aren’t there only to prevent fires. They also sound when dangerous gases are present to alert us.
Our lungs are highly sensitive to what we breathe, as evidenced by our desire for emergency warnings. Still, we do not yet have warning systems for all the dangerous indoor air contaminant concentrations possible. This means allergies, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are still prevalent illnesses and health concerns, especially for the at-risk youth and aged populations.
Your heart can also be affected by dangerous indoor air quality. Many heart-related health concerns have been linked to air quality in some way, including:
- Heart attack
- Heart failure
Thus far, we have discussed how common airborne contaminants may affect our health. However, many uncommon substances are even more dangerous in concentrated amounts, including asbestos and free silica. These substances affect the body over a long period of time and can lead to asbestosis and silicosis, which are often difficult to treat.
Radon is a substance that leaks up out of the earth. It can become trapped in our homes from leakages in our basement or foundation and is a known carcinogen. Testing for this substance is often done during the sale of a house by a qualified home inspector, but individual testing kits are available.
Learn how Air Sniper can help ensure your building is as clean and safe as possible with effective supplementary air sanitizing solutions. Contact them today for more information.