How Does Indoor Air Quality Impact Your Family’s Health?

At Blue Ox Heating & Air, we strive to educate families throughout the Minneapolis, MN, area on the importance of regular furnace and AC maintenance. Our tune-ups not only improve system performance and prevent breakdowns, but they also keep building occupants healthy. Cleaning ducts and registers and changing dirty filters prevents contaminants from recirculating in the air. For further incentive to give us a call, here are a few health problems your family can avoid with improved indoor air quality.

Immediate Effects

When you’ve fallen behind with furnace and air conditioner upkeep, the filter can no longer trap dust, pet dander, pollen, dirt, and additional contaminants. Instead, the pollutants change course and filter back out into living spaces. Although symptoms vary by individual, most people experience cold-like symptoms, such as sneezing fits, itchy eyes, headaches, and fatigue when first exposed to the irritants. Breathing in the contaminants can also agitate airways and bring on wheezing and asthma attacks. These symptoms can often be treated with pain relievers, allergy medications, and inhalers.

Long-Term Exposure

Living in an environment with poor indoor air quality can cause long-term damage to vital organs. Beyond dirt and dust, mold spores can also recirculate in the air. The fungus grows in condensate drain pans, ducts, evaporator coils, and other moist areas. Long-term exposure to mold could cause eventual bleeding in the lungs and nose or cognitive impairment. Dangerous chemical emissions can recirculate in the air from cleaning products, tobacco smoke, candles, and other items. Constant, long-term exposure to air pollution increases the risk of developing cancer or damaging the heart and kidneys. However, these risks all decrease by scheduling regular HVAC maintenance.

To ensure your family’s health is never compromised, let our HVAC contractors at Blue Ox Heating & Air take the necessary steps to keep your furnace and AC system operating at peak efficiency. We can also recommend equipment upgrades to remove harmful pollutants from your space. To schedule furnace or air conditioning service in Hennepin County, call 952-563-3012. Visit us online to take advantage of our special offers, and follow us on Facebook to stay up to date with the latest news and updates.