When it comes to your health and comfort, good indoor air quality is key. Though it might not always be easy to see, your indoor air quality is often worse than the outdoor air quality. To identify bad air quality, and to find the right solutions for clean home air, look for these five signs:
Headaches could be caused by any number of reasons, but if you notice that they seem to only occur in your home, poor indoor air quality could be the cause. Whether it’s allergens, humidity or mold, you’ll want to keep track of your symptoms to see if air quality is to blame.
2. Coughing and Sneezing
Though allergy season could be the cause, if your cough or sneeze happens only in your home, there could be something in the indoor air. Coughing and sneezing may be an indicator that your HVAC isn’t correctly filtering the air, or that your home has a mold issue.
3. Indoor Moisture
Excess condensation and moisture in your home is a sign that your air quality and circulation is poor. Extra humidity can cause mold, so you’ll want to fix the issue ASAP! This could also be due to air leaks around your windows or doors, or improper use of the bathroom fan leaving steam and moisture. Either way, finding the culprit is important to implementing the right solution and getting relief from your symptoms - or even preventing damage to your home’s interior.
4. Smelly or Stuffy Home
Mold is not always easy to spot, but often the first time you notice a mold issue it is by smell. If your home has a musty smell or feels stuffy and stale, your air quality is likely suffering. By testing for mold spores in the air, identifying the location and ridding the house of the causes (often by fixing plumbing leaks or improving air circulation), you’ll improve your air quality.
5. A Constantly Dirty HVAC System
Springtime allergens and shedding pets also contribute to poor indoor air quality this time of year. If you are changing your HVAC filters regularly and they are always filthy,(note to Jenn - because air pollution is microscopic, your air filter doesn’t always look ‘filthy’ - could look fairly clean until they hit it against something) or you discover your HVAC ducting is dirty, chances are your indoor air quality isn’t great.. To prevent the spread of allergens, you can keep shoes at the front door and try to keep floors free of pet hair. Other helpful considerations would be installing advanced air purification systems such as an Air Scrubber or whole home air filter. These products can clean up to 99% of the harmful contaminants throughout your home.
If you believe you may be suffering from poor indoor air quality, look no further than Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Air. Call us 866.374.0402 we’ll help you improve your indoor air quality and live more comfortably.