Air quality is not always obvious, but it can have huge effects on your overall health and well being. Have you been feeling drowsy, having recurring headaches, a ticklish throat, a tight chest, or a running nose? If you have said yes to all those symptoms, don’t reach for the cold medicine just yet. It could be that you are coming down with the flu, but it could also be that you are exposed to poor air quality.

Indoor Dwellers

As humans have shifted from outdoor living to indoor living, we have gained many things. We are less exposed the elements, and so we are in general, far more comfortable. However, as is the case with many things, when we gained something we also lost something. We accept that we will not get to breathe fresh air every day, and that a walk in fresh air is something to be cherished. In exchange for air conditioning and heating, we have sacrificed fresh air.

How Stale Is Too Stale?

Normally, indoor air is perfectly acceptable. Smart building construction and good ventilation can keep us breathing pleasantly. Most of the time we won’t even think about the air we breathe.

The problem comes when our air quality deteriorates without us noticing. Bad air quality can give us a number of health problems – including the flu-like symptoms listed above – and increased susceptibility to allergies. Feeling the health problems associated with bad air quality is so common, there is even a name for the syndrome. Sick Building Syndrome is a term that describes the whole host of serious health symptoms of people who have been exposed for a length of time to poor quality air.

Why Does This Happen?

Generally, poor air quality stems from heating and ventilation issues.

How Can You Prevent This?

To avoid suffering health problems as a result of poor air quality, we recommend that you maintain your heating and ventilation systems by having a professional perform regular checkups.

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