How would you grade your indoor air quality on a scale of 1 to 10, with “1” being: “I should be wearing a mask in here.” and “10” being: “Let’s stay inside and enjoy the fresh air!”.
If you’re like many homeowners and business owners in Charleston and the Lowcountry, you may answer this question by saying: “I have no idea.” or “Should I be worried about it?”. We’re here to tell you that you should worry about it but whatever state your indoor air quality is currently in, there are always ways to improve it.
According to the EPA, indoor air pollution arises from expulsion of gases or particles from indoor sources like the combustion of oil, gas, kerosene, coal or wood products, asbestos-containing insulation, wet or damp carpet, household cleaning products, central heating and cooling systems and humidifications devices.
If the air quality in your home is not up to par, you may notice increased cases of eye, nose and throat irritation and sometimes even headaches, dizziness and fatigue. For the most part, these symptoms should be short term in nature until you improve your air quality.
However, if you’re exposed to bad air quality conditions in your home or business, long term effects, such as respitory diseases, could develop over time.
If not enough outdoor air enters your house, office or other place of business, these indoor air polutants can increase to levels that can potentially cause you health and/or comfort problems.
Also, keeping humidity levels low (especially here in the Lowcountry) is important, as mold and dust mites flourish in high humidity areas.