If you’re like most residents of Fort Myers, FL, you probably don’t give air quality much thought. If you do, you’re probably more concerned with breathing polluted air while you’re out around town. In reality, the air inside your own home could pose a real threat to you and your family. To understand why we’ll first have to explore the problem of particulate matter.
Why Particulate Matter Matters
The air inside the average home may seem to be clean and clear, but appearances can be deceptive. Indoor air is often littered with small particles that may or may not be visible to the naked eye. These suspended particles often include dust, dander, pollen, organic growth, combustion byproducts, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and droplets of various liquids. This airborne particulate matter, also called particle pollution, is particularly hazardous because it can be easily inhaled.
Particulates and Your Health
Needless to say, breathing in a bunch of foreign particles isn’t great for your body. Older adults, very young children, and people with heart or lung problems are especially vulnerable, but anyone can be affected. Brief exposure to moderate levels of particulate matter may cause headaches, nausea, or irritation of the eyes and respiratory system. Prolonged exposure to higher concentrations can cause more serious health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, respiratory illness, cancer, and neurological disorders.
Mitigating Poor Indoor Air Quality
Particulate matter in your home can seriously compromise your air quality. Fortunately, there are several mitigation solutions available. Installing a high-quality HVAC air filter may be enough to resolve minor particulate issues. If your home isn’t getting enough ventilation, a whole-house ventilator system can help flush out particulates and supply cleaner air. For more extensive air quality issues, air purifiers and ultraviolet air sanitizers provide extremely effective and efficient protection.
Particle pollution is a significant problem that rarely receives the attention it deserves. To ensure your family isn’t at risk, explore D & D Air Conditioning and Heating’s indoor air quality services or dial (239) 694-4849 to speak with our air quality experts.