Could Your Air Be Making You Sick?
You wash your hands and take your vitamins, yet you still find yourself calling into work more often than your co-workers. So what is going on? Well, according to Rodale News, the problem could be in your air supply at home. They report that if your HVAC system is not properly maintained—meaning changing your filters regularly and completing annual inspections—then your air could very likely be the culprit.
It’s kind of scary to think about, isn’t it? You think you are just breathing, when you are actually inhaling harmful particles, day and night. To help you further understand the crucial role an air filter plays in the health of your family, let’s take a look at some of the particles our filters remove from your air supply:
Mold Spores – If you have mold in your home, it could absolutely be making you sick. Some symptoms of mold are a stuffy nose, sore throat, coughing, wheezing, and eye irritation, according to the CDC.
Pollen – Pollen in the air is one of the main causes of allergy symptoms, including red, itchy eyes, sneezing, congestion, and an itchy throat. Sounds a lot like the common cold, doesn’t it? You may not even realize you have an allergy to pollen, but if you are experiencing these symptoms on a regular basis, you may want to explore that possibility.
Bacteria – There is a whole slew of ailments caused by bacteria, like strep throat, ear infections, and sinus infections, to name a few. So if your air filter can eliminate these bacteria from the air, then there is a good chance you won’t be affected by them.
Viruses – And finally, the most common cause of most illnesses is the almighty virus. It is responsible for colds, flus, sore throats, and coughs, as reported by GroupHealth. And since most viruses are airborne, they could absolutely be causing your less-than-desirable symptoms.
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