At Rentable, we help renters find apartments. The things that happen after a renter moves in, well, that’s up to them. But we know that apartment safety both inside and outside your place is truly important. So, why do so many people often overlook air quality?
We only need to get out of our homes to fully understand how polluted the air outside is. This is especially true if we live in urban areas. For example, if you’re renting a place in a bit city like Chicago, you need to know how to monitor and control your in-apartment air quality.
With the worsening air pollution, it would be better to just stay indoors, where the air is always cleaner and fresher. Or is it?
Believe it or not, there is no assurance that indoor air is better than outside air. Sure, air conditioning makes us feel more comfortable, especially with regular air conditioning repair and maintenance work.
But the air inside our apartments, schools, offices, and public places like malls may actually be worse, with or without AC units. That’s because pollutants also abound in indoor areas.
Cleaning products alone contain chemicals that could compromise indoor air quality. When we paint our apartments, you can count on the smell to linger for some time.
If you live in a pet-friendly apartment, then your entire place will surely have dander on the carpet, the floors, and of course, in the air. Mold will also be a problem if there is excess moisture or humidity indoors.
And unless there’s a smoking ban in place in your building, the thousands of dangerous toxins that make up cigarette smoke will surely put a serious dent on the air quality indoors.
It goes without saying that with all the pollutants and contaminants indoors, it would only be a matter of time before they all take a toll on you and your family’s health. The American Heart Association has said poor air quality could cause heart disease. Lung cancer may also develop in people exposed regularly to poor indoor air quality according to the American Lung Association. Poor air quality inside your house and other structures can also trigger asthma attacks, headaches, dizziness, and eye, nose, and throat irritation.
If you want to know more about the importance of indoor air quality, check out the infographic from our friends at Fountain Hills Air.