3 Reasons You Need To Be Concerned About Air Quality

air qualityYou probably already know the Greater Los Angeles area doesn’t have the best air quality, but what you might not know is exactly how air pollution can affect your health while you’re at home. The more you know, the better you’ll be able to chose air filters or air cleaners that protect your health.

Worsened respiratory health – If anyone in your household is dealing with allergies, asthma or another respiratory condition, a buildup of air pollutants can trigger their symptoms. Pollen, mold spores, pet dander, and insect debris are the major culprits here. For children, exposure to certain pollutants, such as cockroach debris, can increase the risk of developing asthma. A higher efficiency air filter with a MERV between 10 to 12 can do a lot to remove these kinds of pollutants from the air.

More frequent illness – Even if you don’t have a chronic respiratory illness, poor indoor air quality can still make you sick. Mold exposure has been known to cause coughing and wheezing in otherwise healthy people. Naturally, the more cold and flu viruses floating around in your air, the more likely you are to catch one of these illnesses. While a good filter can take care of mold, if you want to reduce the amount of viruses and bacteria in your home, you’ll need an UV air cleaner. These neutralize biological contaminants such as viruses, bacteria, mold, and dust mites so they can no longer multiply or cause infections.

General malaise – Air contamination doesn’t always cause a specific illness. Sometimes it just leaves you feeling generally unwell. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are a common cause of this. These are harmful chemicals off-gassed by a wide range of household materials and substances, such as carpets, upholstery, and cleaning products. They can cause symptoms such as headaches, nausea, and irritated eyes, nose and throat. Good ventilation and air cleaners designed to absorb these chemicals can help protect your health.

For tips on choosing the right air cleaners for your needs, talk with us at Reliance Home Services in the Los Angeles area.