Putting in a ventilation system to your home can keep indoor air from becoming stale and balance humidity levels.
How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Health
Mold, pollen and pet dander are ordinary pollution sources in your home. Other causes include household cleaners and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
VOCs can be expelled by things in your home, such as building materials, flooring or furniture. They can also be found in some air fresheners and scented candles. High VOCs can cause respiratory irritation, headaches and dizziness, among other problems.
Multiple scientific studies have learned respiratory diseases, asthma and other health problems are linked to bad indoor air quality. Allergies can also be triggered by indoor air quality issues.
10 Signs Your Home has Poor Indoor Air Quality
If your family has problems that worsen at home and improve when you leave, you may be suffering from indoor pollution. You should also talk to your doctor if you’re concerned about your health.
- Persistent cold or flu symptoms. A sore throat or runny nose that never goes away could be related to air quality. This is especially true if you don’t feel sick when you leave your home.
- Watery, itchy or dry eyes. Your eyes are susceptible to indoor pollution and may react by growing dry, itchy or watery.
- Fatigue or feeling dizzy. Breathing in chemical pollutants can affect your energy levels.
- Constant asthma attacks. Dust, pet dander, smoke and other triggers can be diffused through the air or get trapped in carpet.
- Coughing and sneezing. Allergies or colds can lead to these symptoms, but they shouldn’t be worse at home.
- Excessive dust despite weekly cleaning. You may need to put in a new air filter or get a filtration system from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning.
- Humidity issues. Dryness can cause itchy eyes and increase respiratory problems. Too much moisture can cause mold or mildew growth.
- Musty scents. Mold or mildew blossoms when the humidity in your home is too high.
- Hot or cold spots. This can be tied to air quality, especially if your HVAC system is having trouble regulating temperature and humidity.
- Nausea. This can be a response to the chemicals or pollutants in your home. It can also be a indication of high carbon monoxide levels. Check that you have a operating carbon monoxide detector in your home.