While many people are concerned with the pollution of outdoor air, they should be just as concerned about the air inside their home. Poor indoor air quality can cause a lot of problems both for the home and the people inside of it. There are a few signs homeowners can look for to determine if their home has poor air quality.
- Health Issues
Occupants with asthma or breathing issues will probably be affected by poor air quality first. The symptoms people experience due to poor air quality are fairly diverse. Homeowners might experience headaches, fatigue, shortness of breath, sinus congestion, sneezing, coughing, dizziness, and nausea.
- Mold Growth
If a home is experiencing excess humidity, mold can grow easily and rapidly. While mold is commonly found in wet areas such as under sinks, if it is being found in more obscure places, it’s possible their air quality is compromised by humidity.
Since people spend a lot of time in their home, it can be difficult to determine if there’s an odd odor to the air. However, if the family goes away for the weekend, they often notice the smell of their home upon returning. If it smells unpleasant or musty, that’s a sign of an indoor air quality problem.
When the air quality is bad indoors, dust, pollen, and pet dander build up at a faster rate. If homeowners notice more dust than normal, it is also impacting the air quality. This is also a warning sign that the furnace air filter needs to be changed.
Humidity can also indicate poor air quality in a home. It is recommended to keep humidity between 30% and 50% throughout the year, so if it is extremely low or high, it can begin to affect health and comfort.
If poor air quality has become a concern, ask Diamond Heating and Cooling about the Micro Power Guard Air Cleaner. This electronic polarized media air cleaner filters out sub-micronic allergens that can trigger asthma and cause air pollution.