Putting in 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 common pollution sources in your home. Other causes include household cleaners and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
VOCs can be released by products in your home, such as building materials, flooring or furniture. They can also be found in some air fresheners and scented candles. Heightened VOCs can result in respiratory irritation, headaches and dizziness, among other problems.
Many scientific studies have learned respiratory diseases, asthma and other health conditions are due to inferior 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 conditions that worsen at home and go away 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 goes away could be linked to air quality. This is especially true if you don’t have symptoms 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 dizzy. Inhaling in chemical pollutants can affect your energy levels.
- Recurring asthma attacks. Dust, pet dander, smoke and other triggers can be spread through the air or get caught in carpet.
- Coughing and sneezing. Allergies or colds can lead to these symptoms, but they shouldn’t be worse at home.
- Too much 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 imbalances. Dryness can cause red eyes and worsen respiratory problems. Too much moisture can cause mold or mildew growth.
- Stuffy 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 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 functional carbon monoxide detector in your home.