Updated: June 2024

Nobody likes breathing toxic air. It’s even worse when we have to watch our children breathing in hurtful toxins. Luckily, there are ways you can stay on top of your home’s air quality. To mitigate the effects, however, you must learn how air pollution poses such a large threat to kids.

Why Children Are at a Higher Risk

Air quality is more serious than you might think when it comes to your children. For example, when your kids constantly breathe in dirty air, they’re more likely to develop serious respiratory problems like asthma that can follow them into adulthood.

Because children are closer to the ground, they’re more likely to breathe in toxic air that stays lower to the surface. Kids also breathe faster than adults, so they take in more toxic air than adults when exposed.

Young children can even develop neurological and cognitive ability problems from breathing toxic air, so we must care for our youth in all ways possible. Aside from having the house situated adequately, don’t forget that your vehicle also has a cabin air filter that should also be changed out every few months.

Toxic Air Puts Pregnant Women at Risk

The risks for children can begin before they’re even born. When pregnant women breathe toxic air, it puts them at risk of giving birth prematurely. You can avoid the possibility of birth defects by carefully monitoring air quality during pregnancy. At Fire 'n' Ice Heating & Cooling, Inc., we’d be happy to take a look at your current indoor air quality situation at home.

Babies Are Especially Susceptible to Airborne Sickness and Disease

For ideal growth and development, young babies need to have climate control and air filters dialed to perfection. Because young babies have weaker immune systems, we must provide them with an environment that’s impeccable so that they can thrive and grow. While we can’t monitor the outside air in those times when the baby has to leave the house, we do have control over the interior conditions that our infants live in.

Benefits of a Wi-Fi Air Filter Monitor or Air Purifier

Want to know the cleanliness of your home or business air at all times? You might want to try a Wi-Fi air filter monitor that senses the ambient air. It will notify you via text message or email the moment your air filter fails to clean the air sufficiently.

If you really want to clean up your air, consider the benefits of a purifier. At Fire 'n' Ice Heating & Cooling, Inc., we install OXY 4 Active Ionic Oxidation Air Purifiers. These systems use ultraviolet light and catalytic reactions to help remove harmful viruses, mold, odors, chemical VOCs, and bacteria that you’d otherwise be breathing in.

The World Health Organization Says Most Children Constantly Breathe Toxic Air

According to the World Health Organization, more than 90% of the world’s children breathe toxic air every day. Although we don’t have as much control regarding the air our kids breathe outside, we do have control of the air they breathe inside. That’s why it’s important to stay on top of changing out air filters out every couple of months.

Additional Risks and Long-Term Effects

Recent studies have shown that children exposed to high levels of air pollution may suffer from impaired lung development and reduced lung function. This can lead to chronic respiratory diseases such as bronchitis and an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases later in life. Moreover, children exposed to polluted air are more likely to experience acute respiratory infections and reduced immune defense, making them more vulnerable to other illnesses.

Air pollution has also been linked to adverse effects on mental health and cognitive development in children. Exposure to pollutants like particulate matter (PM2.5) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) has been associated with lower cognitive test scores and increased behavioral problems, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

It is crucial to take proactive measures to protect children from these harmful effects. Ensuring clean indoor air quality, reducing outdoor activities during high pollution periods, and supporting policies aimed at reducing air pollution are essential steps in safeguarding our children’s health.

Don’t Forget About Your Humidity Levels

Most of us think of humidity as simply a comfort issue. However, balanced humidity levels (between 30% to 50%) are important for your household, especially if you have any children with asthma. If the indoor relative humidity rises above 60%, mold and mildew could start to form. On the other hand, a house that’s too dry could lead to static electricity problems as well as irritation of the skin and dry eyes.

We Have Your Interior Air Solutions Handled

We can’t stress enough the importance of clean air in your home. Not sure about the state of your current HVAC system? We’ll be happy to give you a consultation. It all starts with an indoor air quality assessment, during which time we’ll run tests to measure humidity levels and ventilation.

It’s increasingly important that we maintain good air quality for the health of our kids and family. Our expert technicians have the knowledge and tools to help you dial in your home comfort system to perfection.

We’ll go out of our way to give you the highest quality of service when it comes to your central air system. To schedule an appointment, give us a call today. We also handle HVAC service, installations, repairs, and tune-ups for residents throughout Downers Grove and the surrounding areas.

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