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 typical pollution sources in your house. Other causes include household cleaners and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
VOCs can be emitted by things in your home, such as building materials, flooring or furniture. They can also be located in some air fresheners and scented candles. High VOCs can result in respiratory irritation, headaches and dizziness, among other problems.
Multiple scientific studies have learned respiratory diseases, asthma and other health problems are linked to poor indoor air quality. Allergies can also be triggered by indoor air quality troubles.
10 Signs Your Home has Poor Indoor Air Quality
If your family has symptoms that worsen at home and improve when you leave, you may be affected by indoor pollution. You should also talk to your doctor if you’re worried about your health.
- Lingering cold or flu symptoms. A sore throat or runny nose that never gets better could be connected to air quality. This is especially true if you feel better when you leave your home.
- Watery, itchy or dry eyes. Your eyes are susceptible to indoor pollution and may react by turning dry, itchy or watery.
- Fatigue or feeling lightheaded. Taking in chemical pollutants can affect your energy levels.
- Recurring 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 periodic cleaning. You may need to put in a new air filter or add a filtration system from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning.
- Humidity issues. Dryness can cause red eyes and amplify respiratory problems. Too much moisture can lead to mold or mildew growth.
- Stale smell. Mold or mildew thrives when the humidity in your home is too high.
- Hot or cold spots. This can be linked to air quality, especially if your HVAC system is having issues balancing 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.