What is Asthma

Asthma is a serious, sometimes life-threatening chronic respiratory disease that affects the quality of life for almost 25 million Americans, including an estimated 7 million children. Although there is no cure for asthma yet, asthma can be controlled through medical treatment and management of environmental triggers

Common symptoms include coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. Asthma is thought to be caused by a combination genetics and environmental conditions.  People affected by asthma a super-sensitive to environmental air quality conditions.  Outdoor environmental triggers such as smoke, dust and exhaust emissions among other things can cause big problems for people who suffer with asthma. Bad indoor air quality can cause problems. Indoor air quality concerns are things such as cigarette smoke, dust mites, dander, mold and chemicals.

There is not much you can do to control outdoor air quality hazards, other than to limit your exposure to the outdoors.  You can control your indoor air quality by following basic steps to make sure the air is as clean as possible.

For more information please read our IAQ FAQ pages and visit the links below.