Apartment living comes with its own unique set of challenges when it comes to indoor air quality because Tenants often do not have the ability to make major changes to their apartment. These challenges include include poor ventilation, outdated heating and cooling systems, humidity and mold, all of which can have a serious impact on your daily health. It’s important to understand what these common problems are and what issues they could cause.
Proper ventilation in apartment buildings continues to be an ongoing challenge, especially as buildings become taller and the number of occupants increases. When improperly ventilated, apartments can expose tenants to humid air, which can cause mold and mildew to grow, pollutants and allergens. Consistent exposure to these things can cause allergies, respiratory issues and even headache and fatigue.
Outdated Heating and Cooling Systems
Older apartment buildings tend to have outdated heating and cooling systems, which easily collect dust and mold. When turned on, these systems blow those things back out in the air your breathe. Allergies, asthma, itchy eyes, coughing and runny nose are all side effects of dust exposure.
Mold and its spores can be found everywhere, even in the air, but active mold growth requires moisture, which is why it’s important to regulate air circulation in an apartment. Mold can be visible on surfaces, but also lurks behind drywall, under carpets and even under tile in damp bathrooms. Consistent exposure to mold can cause upper respiratory problems, headaches, allergies and even asthma.
Take Charge of Your Health
While any major modifications to your apartment can only be made by your landlord or property management company, keeping your living space dust-free, ventilated as much as possible and maintaining humidity levels can help to improve indoor air quality.
For further protection, adding NasalGuard® to your daily routine will significantly help to reduce the inhalation of these harmful airborne pollutants, allowing you to breathe easier at home or on-the-go.