- Posted by ACE Home Services
- On August 31, 2016
- Air Scrubber, Allergens, Dust, Fatigue, Headaches, Hives, Hypoallergenics, Mildew, Mold, Mucous Membrain, Nausea, Nosebleeds, Pollen, Reactions, Short-Term Memory, VOCs, Volatile Organic Compounds, Vomiting
Like most people, you probably spend a lot of time in your home. You may even work from home, meaning that you’re there more hours of the day than you would be if you had an outside job. This is wonderful, as long as your home isn’t making you sick.
The air inside your home can be many times more polluted than the air in major cities, teeming with dust, pollen, mold, volatile organic compounds and much more. Being exposed to these pollutants can cause a lot of problems with your health, especially if you aren’t aware of the poor air quality in your home or how it can be fixed.
Volatile Organic Compounds and Your Health
There are many different types of pollutants that can impact your indoor air quality. One of the most problematic types of pollutants is volatile organic compounds, otherwise known as VOCs. These are emitted from some types of household products, including cleaning products, paints, wax, varnish and even from items you bring into your home, like furniture and carpeting.
VOCs are a group of pollutants that can cause a range of health problems, some immediate (or “acute”) and others that manifest over a longer time period (“chronic”). There are literally thousands of products that can emit VOCs, and many are, as yet, unknown. That’s why it’s so important to know the symptoms associated with exposure to VOCs. Acute symptoms of exposure include:
- Irritation of the mucous membranes (nose, throat, eyes, etc.)
- Allergic reactions such as hives and rashes
- Breathing difficulties
- Nausea and vomiting
- Dizziness or confusion
- Excessive fatigue
- Lack of coordination
- Unexplained nosebleeds
Health effects that may manifest over the long term include:
- Damage to internal organs, such as the kidneys, heart and liver
- Central nervous system damage or disruption
- Various types of cancer
This list of symptoms makes it easy to see the importance of keeping the level of VOCs in your home to a minimum.
Mold, Mildew and Other Allergens
Your home is hiding more than just VOCs, though. Mold, mildew, dust, pollen, pet dander and many other allergens can build up in your home until they begin causing severe health problems. These allergens can trigger asthma attacks, hay fever and many other issues. Exposure to mold, for instance, can cause short-term problems like mucous membrane irritation, headaches, difficulty concentrating and short-term memory problems. Chronic exposure can worsen these problems, even after the mold is gone.
One way to combat indoor air pollution is with air scrubbers, which work by pulling the air in your home through a series of different filters. These filters are specially designed to remove up to 90% of the pollutants causing indoor air quality problems in your home. Air scrubbers are available in many sizes, from portable units to those that are installed directly into your home’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system.
ACE Home Services
If you’ve been noticing any of the health problems listed above, it’s time to have your indoor air quality checked by our team of professionals. At ACE Home Services, we know how important it is to keep your home as healthy as possible and we’ll help you make the right decisions about your HVAC system, whether it’s installing air scrubbers, checking the system to ensure it’s working properly or just performing some seasonal maintenance.
We’re always available, 24 hours a day, every single day of the week. We never charge for service calls and we don’t believe in charging overtime, either, even on weekends, holidays or during the middle of the night.