Putting in a ventilation system to your home can keep indoor air from turning 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 expelled by products in your home, such as building materials, flooring or furniture. They can also be found in some air fresheners and scented candles. High VOCs can cause respiratory irritation, headaches and dizziness, among other problems.
Multiple scientific studies have found respiratory diseases, asthma and other illnesses are linked to bad indoor air quality. Allergies can also be worsened by indoor air quality issues.
10 Signs Your Home has Poor Indoor Air Quality
If your family has problems that worsen at home and improve 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 feel better when you leave your home.
- Watery, itchy or dry eyes. Your eyes are vulnerable to indoor pollution and may react by turning dry, itchy or watery.
- Fatigue or feeling faint. Inhaling in chemical pollutants can impact your energy levels.
- Frequent asthma attacks. Dust, pet dander, smoke and other triggers can be spread 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 weekly cleaning. You may need to upgrade your air filter or get a filtration system from BW/Cook Service Experts.
- Humidity issues. Dryness can cause red eyes and amplify respiratory issues. Too much moisture can lead to mold or mildew growth.
- Musty 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 trouble regulating temperature and humidity.
- Nausea. This can be a response to the chemicals or pollutants in your home. It can also be a indication of high carbon monoxide levels. Ensure that you have a functional carbon monoxide detector in your home.