Poor Home Air Quality Can Put You At Risk For Sickness

by Editor on July 5, 2013

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With new strains of viruses emerging almost every flu season, and with cases of antimicrobial resistance steadily piling up, airborne diseases are a huge threat to any person’s well-being. When these airborne pathogens are allowed to linger in the atmosphere they put you and your family constantly being exposed to these dangerous agents. In order to ensure that you and your loved ones are only breathing in fresh, good quality air, then it is important that you invest in a good home ventilation system.

What does proper ventilation do?

The entire idea of good ventilation is for there to be a proper exchange of indoor and outdoor air. When indoor air is trapped for a long period of time, this can lead to the accumulation of various allergens, bacteria and contaminants which can severely lower the quality of the air that you are breathing as well as put you at higher risk for airborne diseases.

What are the different airborne diseases which you can get when your home lacks proper ventilation?

Allergic Reactions and Asthma

Without proper ventilation, allergens which you may have inadvertently brought inside your home would have no way of escaping and would linger inside your home for long periods of time, causing allergic reactions and asthma. If you have noticed that your child has been sneezing or wheezing, then that might be a sign that the air quality inside your home needs to be looked at. It is also possible that pollen grains from outside your home are leaking inside your home in a much faster rate and controlling this infiltration of air will help to prevent the influx of allergen-filled air into your home.


This disease may have been in existence since the past centuries but it has now come back and with a vengeance in many areas. Tuberculosis is caused by a bacteria known as Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The entire mode of action of this pathogen is to cause destruction of your lungs and causing scar tissues to develop in replacement of healthy lung tissues. This means that a person would have more problem with breathing because of the constrictive manner of the lung tissues. Tuberculosis may have been wiped out a couple of decades ago because of the discovery of various potent antibiotics but now, more and more tuberculosis strains have emerged which are resistant to the antibiotics which are commonly administered for the treatment of the disease. Tuberculosis is spread through droplet nuclei or minute amount of saliva which are dispersed in the air, typically by sneezing. With improper ventilation, the agent may still be found in the air for long periods of time.

Fungal Infections

Various fungal infections can develop over time with the formation of molds. Molds require moisture in order for them to grow. Ventilation does not only involve the removal of contaminants and bacteria, but also the sequestration of too much moisture in the air which can lead to the development of these harmful microorganisms. Molds are more likely to grow in areas with high humidity such as in bathrooms especially those without proper ventilation.

About the Author

Phil Farell is an avid blogger on home improvement. He loves to share many awesome tips about bathroom renovation, carpet cleaning and home ventilation systems. When not blogging, he spends his time learning more about home decors and interior designing. He is presently connected with Harrisons Home Ventilation

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