Health Effects of Poor Air Quality

Health Effects of Poor Air Quality

To escape this summer’s heat and humidity, you’ve probably already turned on your air conditioning. While the AC may feel like sweet relief, the air inside your home may be more polluted than the stifling heat outside.

When your HVAC system is running properly, it improves indoor air quality and keeps you and your family comfortable. Unfortunately, when not maintained properly, it can cause a variety of issues. The ill-effects of poor indoor air quality include respiratory problems, increased moisture levels, HVAC malfunction, and high electric bills.

Health Problems

Poor indoor air quality can negatively impact your overall well-being. Even the healthiest of people can develop respiratory issues due to poor indoor air quality.

Increased Respiratory Illnesses

Contaminants like dirt, dust, mold and pet dander cause major health issues concerns for you and your family. In addition, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can also cause serious health problems. When the air inside your home is contaminated, you might experience ongoing sinus pressure and headaches, chronic dry cough, runny nose, itchy eyes and postnasal drip.

Difficulty Concentrating

Poor indoor air quality does more than cause allergic-type symptoms. Ongoing exposure can also make it hard to concentrate, even on the easiest of tasks.


Did you know that poor indoor air quality can also make you feel worn out? When your unit doesn’t function properly, contaminants that are supposed to be captured by the filter remain in the air. In turn, your body is constantly trying to fight off these "foreign bodies." It's not uncommon to feel tired even after sleeping for eight hours.

Signs of Poor Air Quality

Poor indoor air quality can cause a myriad of chronic medical conditions. Knowing what to look for and when to call an HVAC professional not only helps you save money, but can save your life as well.

If you or your family start suffering from respiratory symptoms without sick contact exposure, your indoor air quality may be to blame. In addition, if you notice that your air conditioning and heating unit is running longer than usual or cycling more frequently, you may need to contact an HVAC professional.

If you think your indoor air quality is less than ideal, Ardmore Fresh Air can help. Contact us today to schedule an air quality check. Call now at (847) 792-1019.

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