Signs of poor indoor air quality

December 2018

Are you finding yourself experiencing year-round allergy issues? Or that you’re getting sick a lot? If you are, then there’s a good chance that it could be poor indoor air quality.

The fastest way to figure out if your air quality is lacking is to simply observe the health of the building’s occupants. If you’re frequently experiencing congestion, coughing, headaches, nosebleeds and the like, then you might be experiencing severe air quality issues.

With buildings today being sealed up better than they’ve ever been, it’s not difficult for interior air quality to be worse than the air quality outside. When you mix in other things like asbestos, mold and chemicals from cleaners – you can mix yourself a nasty cocktail.

Some other signs you might have poor indoor air quality is a lot of dust build-up, specifically around vents and on home surfaces. While dust isn’t a reason for panic, you need to be mindful that when it’s building up quickly, it can represent a bigger problem. Dust acts like pollen in that it carries all sorts of things around its environment. Dust mites, pet dander and other highly allergenic particulates can be irritating your allergies, getting your sick and making your home feel dirty.

Another thing to be on the look out for is inconsistency in your air distribution. If you’re walking through your home and recognizing a lot of places that are a lot warmer and some places that are a lot colder, that could be an indicator of an air quality issue. This is most common when your HVAC system isn’t maintaining proper temperature and humidity levels.

Speaking of humidity levels – it’s another common culprit when it comes to air quality. The right humidity should be from 35-50%. Not only is this a comfort issue for people, but it’s the range in which it’s most difficult for micro-organisms to grow. If there’s too much moisture, mold, mildew and microbes can grow. If it’s too dry, dander, dry and itchy skin and upper respiratory infections are more likely to occur.

The last thing to keep an eye out of is any unpleasant odors. While there are some other things that we could include in this blog, most to all of them are something you can smell before you see them. Things like pest infestations, mold and mildew, chemicals or the most gross – something decomposing. Long story, short – always follow your nose!

Improving your indoor air quality should be a priority for every homeowner. If you’re looking to get your system serviced or wish to install a new air filtration system, give us a call today and we’ll give you a free consultation!

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