Did you know that extreme weather can have an impact on the quality of air in your home? Heat waves, floods and other severe weather conditions may affect indoor air quality (IAQ) and raise the risk of certain health conditions, according to a report from the Institute of Medicine.
It’s important to know this information because we spend so much of our time indoors. Inside your home is the one place where you are supposed to feel safe and at ease, yet it may be leading to future health problems that you don’t know of yet.
How Does Weather Affect Indoor Air Quality?
Extreme weather like excessive rain, snow or climate change can cause the home to be damp and moldy. Usually, the dampness occurs because there are leaks on the exterior of the home that let in water and moisture. The moisture then builds up and turns to mold. This can lead to a range of negative symptoms such as breathing problems and asthma.
Another issue that can occur is power outages. If a severe storm rips through the area and causes homes to lose power, homeowners can be at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning from using portable power generators. These generators are not to be used in small spaces indoors.
Who’s Most at Risk?
The people most affected by poor indoor air quality are vulnerable populations such as seniors or those with compromised immune systems. However, we all need air to survive, so we are all affected by poor quality of the indoor air.
More Problems With Indoor Air Quality
Weatherization is a popular form of “weatherproofing” a home from wind, moisture, heat loss, etc. Unfortunately, some people think this will help with the quality of the air in your home. The purpose of weatherization is to seal air leaks and insulate homes so that heat doesn’t escape. While it can also prevent rain and moisture from getting into the home, it won’t necessarily improve air quality.
It’s also worth pointing out that even with a high efficiency AC system, you still run the risk of poor indoor air quality. As it gets warm and you run your AC more and more, moisture then has the chance to build up in the coils of the air conditioner, especially if you live in a high-humidity area. And if you don’t have a good filtration system, it can turn to mold.
Indoor Air Quality Experts
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