Adding a ventilation system to your home can keep indoor air from turning stale and manage humidity levels.
How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Health
Mold, pollen and pet dander are ordinary pollution sources in your house. Other causes 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 found in various air fresheners and scented candles. Heightened VOCs can lead to respiratory irritation, headaches and dizziness, among other issues.
Many scientific studies have discovered respiratory diseases, asthma and other health problems are due to poor 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 conditions that worsen at home and go away when you leave, you may be struggling with 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 improves could be linked 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 vulnerable to indoor pollution and may react by becoming dry, itchy or watery.
- Tiredness or feeling faint. Breathing in chemical pollutants can impact your energy levels.
- Frequent asthma attacks. Dust, pet dander, smoke and other triggers can be diffused through the air or get caught in carpet.
- Coughing and sneezing. Allergies or colds can create these symptoms, but they shouldn’t be worse at home.
- Too much dust despite periodic cleaning. You may need to upgrade your air filter or add a filtration system from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning.
- Humidity problems. Dryness can cause itchy eyes and amplify respiratory problems. Too much moisture can lead to mold or mildew growth.
- Stuffy scents. Mold or mildew thrives 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 controlling 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. Ensure that you have a functional carbon monoxide detector in your home.