Installing a ventilation system to your home can keep indoor air from becoming stuffy and balance humidity levels.
How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Health
Mold, pollen and pet dander are ordinary pollution sources in your house. Other sources include household cleaners and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
VOCs can be released by items in your home, such as building materials, flooring or furniture. They can also be detected in various air fresheners and scented candles. Increased VOCs can result in respiratory irritation, headaches and dizziness, among other issues.
Multiple scientific studies have learned respiratory diseases, asthma and other health conditions are linked to bad indoor air quality. Allergies can also be triggered by indoor air quality problems.
10 Signs Your Home has Poor Indoor Air Quality
If your family has conditions that intensify 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.
- Lingering cold or flu symptoms. A sore throat or runny nose that never improves 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 turning dry, itchy or watery.
- Fatigue or feeling lightheaded. Inhaling in chemical pollutants can affect 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.
- Heavy dust despite weekly cleaning. You may need to put in a new air filter or install a filtration system from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning.
- Humidity problems. Dryness can cause itchy eyes and increase respiratory symptoms. Too much moisture can cause mold or mildew growth.
- Musty scents. 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 problems regulating temperature and humidity.
- Nausea. This can be a response to the chemicals or pollutants in your home. It can also be a warning of high carbon monoxide levels. Check that you have a working carbon monoxide detector in your home.