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In our quest to build energy-efficient homes, we have created a contaminated environment that is significantly more polluted than the worse outside air conditions. Poor indoor air quality has been ranked by the EPA as a top environmental danger. Here are five health conditions you should be aware of to ensure your Hillsborough, NC, home has the best indoor air quality:

1. Severe Allergies

The number of children and adults who experience severe allergies climbs every year. Microscopic dust mites generate allergens that can trigger allergic reactions. Mild symptoms mimic a common cold, but severe cases can cause chronic coughing, sneezing and congestion.

2. Asthma

Asthma is the top chronic illness among children, a condition that affects an estimated 15 percent of grade schoolers, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Ongoing exposure to insects, pet dander, biological growth and chemicals irritates, inflames and narrows the airway tubes, making it difficult to breathe.

3. Lung Cancer

The American Lung Association links poor indoor air quality to lung cancer. Radon gas, hazardous chemicals and particle pollutants settle in the lungs and create mutations that lead to cancer.

4. Heart Diseases

The American Heart Association has identified a correlation between air pollution and cardiovascular problems. Microscopic particles build up in the arteries and blood vessels around the heart, which increases the risk for an arrhythmia, heart attack or atherosclerosis development.

5. Headaches, Dizziness and Fatigue

Although poor air quality is linked to many chronic conditions, it also contributes to short-term health problems. Experiencing frequent headaches, unexplained dizziness and chronic fatigue are signs that your home may be filled with harmful contaminants.

Purifying your home’s air is an investment in your family’s health. A&E Heating and Air Conditioning offers several indoor air quality solutions including air purifiers, UV disinfection systems and electronic air filters that remove up to 99.98 percent of airborne particles. Contact an expert HVAC service technician to schedule an air quality check of your Hillsborough home.