How Poor Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Health

How Poor Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Health

It may surprise you to know that it's the air quality inside your home, office or school that may be adversely affecting your health.

It’s true to say that the air quality around Coffs Harbour is exceptional. We don’t have any heavy industry or power stations and the endless sea breeze keeps things moving. The largest source of air pollution is probably the highway but even that will improve in the next few years once the bypass opens. So, it may surprise you to know that it’s the air quality inside your home, office or school that may be adversely affecting your health. What are the consequences? Poor air quality can leave you feeling tired, sneezing a lot, or finding it hard to breathe. Moreover, you may feel dizzy or nauseous. So, let’s take a closer look at the effects of poor indoor air quality.

Air Quality – The Hidden Culprit

What are the sources of poor air quality indoors? Unfortunately, there are many. They include dust mites, pollen, mould spores (I think we all suffer from the dreaded black mould from time to time in Coffs Harbour), and chemical fumes. Even laminated flooring can emit VOCs (Volatile Organic Chemicals). Not to mention, things like smoking or using low-quality building materials. But, here’s the kicker: even our trusty air conditioners, if not maintained properly, can become a source of pollution too.

Finding Solutions

So, what can we do? Well, a good starting point is focusing on ventilation. Letting fresh air circulate can significantly reduce indoor pollutants. Additionally, choosing carpets made from natural fibres like wool, sisal, and jute can help, as they release fewer harmful substances. In addition, the right type of air conditioner can help clean the air in your home. Modern air conditioners come with filters designed to trap and remove pollutants like pollen, bacteria, and allergens. Moreover, they also help control humidity, which is important because too much moisture can encourage mould growth.

Good Air Quality – Maintenance Is Key

While air conditioners fitted with the right filters can trap harmful microbes. However, if they’re not cleaned regularly, they can become a source of air pollution. That’s why it’s crucial to service them at least once a year. This ensures that the filters can do their job properly and that any potential issues are fixed promptly.

To ensure your home or office has the best quality air, chat with our team at Harbourside Refrigeration & Air Conditioning today about fitting or servicing your AC.

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