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Indoor Air Quality

How Does Indoor Air Pollution Affect Expecting Mothers?

Pregnancy is one of the most precious moments in life. There are many things that you will learn during pregnancy. These can affect the life of your child when they're born. The air pollution inside your home may not be a well known issue. But, it's one that you should know of.

Understanding Outdoor vs. Indoor Air Quality

You may not think that indoor air quality and outdoor air quality are different. The truth is that they are. The EPA stated that the air inside homes and buildings can be more dirty than air outside. It's thought that poor ventilation is a big reason why indoor air is worse than outdoor air.

What Can Polluted Air Do To Your Child?

Polluted air can be very harmful to your baby. This is especially true in large amounts over long periods of time. Understanding this can help you to learn how important your indoor air quality is. Let's take a look at some of the most common conditions that are a result of polluted air:

  • Low Birth Weight. Low birth weight includes babies born under five pounds and eight ounces.
  • Preterm Birth. Babies that are born before the 37th week of gestation are preterm.
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder. Babies exposed to pollution in their third trimester develop autism more often. This affects a child's ability to communicate with others. It can also affect their behavior and the ability to manage their emotions.
  • Asthma. If the mother has asthma, it doesn't cause the child to develop asthma. Exposure to polluted air is one of the main causes of babies developing asthma.

HVAC Maintenance and Indoor Air Quality

Having quality air in your home is important to the health of your child. Have a professional HVAC technician come to your home for annual inspections. It is a great way to make sure that the air quality in your home is good. When doing a maintenance call, your technician should look at a few different areas.

First, they should be looking for sources of air pollution in your home. This is a common issue with the ventilation. They can provide solutions that can help to reduce the air pollutants in your home. A few examples may be to install fans in your home or vents in your kitchen.

Call Us Today

If you're pregnant and worried about your indoor air quality, give us a call. Our technicians will test the air quality in your home and talk about ways to make it better.