Do you have year-round allergies? Poor indoor air quality may be to blame. How can you tell if your family is at risk? Here are 5 clues that your home may have poor indoor air quality.
5 Clues You May have Poor Indoor Air Quality
Your body and your home may give you clues that you have poor indoor air quality. Keep reading to find out what evidence to look for in your home or office.
Clue #1 Pay Attention to the Onset of Sickness
If you or family members experience frequent congestion, sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, headache, or nosebleeds, pay attention to the onset of the symptoms. If they pop up shortly after arriving in your home or office, it could be a sign of poor indoor air quality.
Clue #2 Cold and Warm Spots
Do you have warm or cold spots in your home? If so, you may have air distribution issues. Inconsistencies in air distribution can contribute to poor indoor air quality.
Clue #3 Humidity Issues
Indoor air quality suffers when you have humidity issues. The recommended humidity level is somewhere between 35-50% to ensure ideal comfort and to prevent microorganism growth. Less than the recommended level can cause your body to suffer from dry/itchy skin, eyes, sinuses, and increased upper respiratory infections. It also warps furniture and structural components of your home.
When the humidity level is too high, your home becomes a prime location for mold, mildew, and microbe growth.
Your central HVAC system should maintain proper temperature and humidity levels. If it doesn’t, schedule a service call with a local AC repair company to have your system evaluated and repaired or replace your heating and cooling unit.
Clue #4 Unpleasant Odors
While you become accustomed to the ‘smell’ of your home, pay attention to the odor when you’ve been away for a while and return. If it smells ‘off,’ you may have poor indoor air quality. Unpleasant odors from mold/mildew growth, pest infestation, chemicals, or decomposition of dirt, dust, and debris in your home all point to poor indoor air quality.
Clue #5 Significant Dust Build-Up
An excess of dust buildup on surfaces in your home and around the air vents is evidence that you likely have poor indoor air quality. This build-up of pollen, dust mites, pet dander, and other allergenic particles aggravates allergies. Routine heating and cooling maintenance, duct cleaning and sealing, HEPA filters, and electrostatic air cleaners help combat this issue.
Improving air quality should be every homeowner’s priority. Call Advantage Air & Service at (479) 361-8647 to evaluation the air you breathe. We offer affordable solutions to help your family live and breathe easier.