Adding a ventilation system to your home can keep indoor air from becoming stale and control humidity levels.
How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Health
Mold, pollen and pet dander are ordinary pollution sources in your home. Other sources include household cleaners and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
VOCs can be emitted by products in your home, such as building materials, flooring or furniture. They can also be detected in some air fresheners and scented candles. Heightened VOCs can lead to respiratory irritation, headaches and dizziness, among other symptoms.
Many scientific studies have discovered respiratory diseases, asthma and other health problems are linked to bad indoor air quality. Allergies can also be worsened by indoor air quality issues.
10 Signs Your Home has Poor Indoor Air Quality
If your family has problems that intensify at home and get better when you leave, you may be suffering from indoor pollution. You should also talk to your doctor if you’re anxious about your health.
- Lingering cold or flu symptoms. A sore throat or runny nose that never gets better 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 sensitive to indoor pollution and may react by becoming dry, itchy or watery.
- Tiredness or feeling faint. Taking in chemical pollutants can have an influence on your energy levels.
- Constant asthma attacks. Dust, pet dander, smoke and other triggers can be circulated through the air or get stuck in carpet.
- Coughing and sneezing. Allergies or colds can lead to these symptoms, but they shouldn’t be worse at home.
- Heavy 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 imbalances. Dryness can cause scratchy eyes and worsen respiratory symptoms. Too much moisture can cause mold or mildew growth.
- Stale smell. Mold or mildew flourishers 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 problems balancing temperature and humidity.
- Nausea. This can be a reaction 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.