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The quality of the air you breathe in your Paso Robles, California, home can impact your overall health and well-being. Poor indoor air quality is a problem that impacts millions of people. Understanding the concerns associated with dirty air and how to protect your home can help reduce the risk of illness and health symptoms.

Exposure to Dangerous Toxins

One of the main concerns associated with poor indoor air quality is being exposed to dangerous toxins and contaminants. Your home’s air conditioner circulates the air throughout the space, so if that air contains any allergens or contaminants, you could be exposed to them every time re-circulation occurs. Your system’s filter helps prevent some contaminants from continuing to be circulated throughout the home, but a dirty, clogged filter won’t be much help. Changing your filter every month or two is a good way to combat poor air quality.

Some of the most common contaminants found in indoor air include smoke, pet hair, pollen, dander, biological growth spores, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are gases released by certain household products. The products you use to clean or even renovate your home could be to blame for dirty indoor air.

Short-Term and Long-Term Health Effects

Depending on your health history and existing medical conditions, you may have particularly concerning reactions to unhealthy indoor air. Those who suffer from allergies, asthma, and other breathing conditions often experience symptoms like congestion, sore throats, eye and skin irritation, and headaches. Prolonged exposure can cause even more concerning health issues, including heart disease, cancer, and respiratory disease.

Poor Efficiency

In addition to impacting your health, the presence of contaminants can also impact the overall efficiency of your air conditioner. As a result, you may end up spending more to cool your home as the unit works harder to move air through the vents.

At Straight Line Heating and Cooling, we offer several indoor air quality solutions for your air conditioner. Contact us at (805) 286-8800 to protect yourself and your family.

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