The Importance of Air Quality

If you live in Henderson or the Denver metro area, you’re probably more than familiar with the concentration of pollutants in the air. Vehicle emissions, secondhand smoke, and other compounds in the air can all compromise the health of anyone who regularly breathes them in. While most of us turn to our homes as a place of refuge, many harmful pollutants can make their way from the city to the home, compromising your health. In this blog, we’ll explain the importance of indoor air quality and the health benefits that clean air can provide. Pure Air Solutions proudly provides HVAC installation, repair, maintenance, and air filtration services in Henderson and the Denver Metro area. Contact one of our HVAC technicians today for more information!

Asthma and Allergies

Air pollution has been proven to exacerbate the symptoms of asthma, but what, exactly, is air pollution? The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) cites all of the following (and more) as sources of air pollution:

  • Smoke from cooking, tobacco, and other sources of heat that burn fuel
  • Paint products and carbon monoxide
  • Cosmetics and chemicals used in furniture manufacturing
  • Cleaning products

This is only a partial list of pollutants that can make their way into the air, but we’ve highlighted a few of the pollutants that are commonly found in both homes and public spaces. In fact, homes with high levels of tobacco smoke, cleaning products, and pesticides can easily be classified as high priority health risks!

For a number of years, the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) has been reporting on the connection between air pollutants and the exacerbation of allergic and asthmatic symptoms. If you’re wondering about just how harmful air pollutants can be, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has some startling data regarding the connection between traffic levels and asthma-related visits to the emergency room. The 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta provided researchers with the opportunity to study the connection between air quality, traffic levels, and children’s health. The Summer Olympic Games caused Atlanta traffic levels to drop by roughly 23 percent, and children’s visits to the emergency room for asthma-related conditions subsequently fell by 42 percent. The most interesting aspect of this study is that emergency room visits for non-asthmatic symptoms did not decrease during this period, and this suggests that the decreased traffic levels in Atlanta directly directly benefited children with asthma.

Air Filtration

Installing an air filtration system in the home can provide substantial benefits for everyone, but those suffering from asthma and allergies are particularly likely to notice an increase in their well-being. Air filtration systems work by removing pollutants in the air, including those noted in the AAFA’s list above. With an air filtration system in your home, your home can truly become a refuge from the smog and pollution of the city. If you’re curious about how a home filtration system can benefit you and your family, contact one of our friendly HVAC technicians today! Pure Air Solutions provides air quality solutions in Henderson and the Denver Metro area, and we would love to help you improve your indoor air quality!

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