Installing a ventilation system to your home can keep indoor air from becoming stagnant and manage 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 some air fresheners and scented candles. Increased VOCs can result in respiratory irritation, headaches and dizziness, among other issues.
Multiple scientific studies have discovered respiratory diseases, asthma and other health problems are linked to poor indoor air quality. Allergies can also be worsened by indoor air quality troubles.
10 Signs Your Home has Poor Indoor Air Quality
If your family has symptoms 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 anxious about your health.
- Persistent cold or flu symptoms. A sore throat or runny nose that never gets better could be linked 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 susceptible to indoor pollution and may react by becoming dry, itchy or watery.
- Fatigue or feeling faint. Breathing in chemical pollutants can have an influence on your energy levels.
- Constant asthma attacks. Dust, pet dander, smoke and other triggers can be circulated through the air or get trapped in carpet.
- Coughing and sneezing. Allergies or colds can lead to these symptoms, but they shouldn’t be worse at home.
- Excessive dust despite periodic cleaning. You may need to upgrade your air filter or install a filtration system from Gordon's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning.
- Humidity issues. 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 balancing temperature and humidity.
- Nausea. This can be recoil from the chemicals or pollutants in your home. It can also be a symptom of high carbon monoxide levels. Ensure that you have a working carbon monoxide detector in your home.