Maintaining good indoor air quality should be high on your list of priorities when it comes to taking care of your home. Not only can poor indoor air quality make your house feel stifling and uncomfortable, it can also be detrimental to your health. Thankfully, this problem is easily identified, which will enable you to address it as soon as possible.
In this post, heater repair pros from Comfort Solutions Heating & Cooling discuss how you can tell if your home has poor indoor air quality.
One of the easiest ways to tell if your indoor air quality is poor is by taking a look at your home’s hard surfaces and vents. If there’s a significant amount of dust built up, it’s likely you have an air quality problem that needs to be addressed immediately. Consider hiring a professional to perform an air filter upgrade or install a HEPA filtration system in your home.
The appropriate amount of relative humidity for ensuring comfort is 35-50%. Too little humidity can warp your furniture and cause dry, itchy skin and eyes, while too much of it encourages mold and mildew growth around your home. Use humidifiers or dehumidifiers as needed to correct this problem and balance the humidity levels in your home.
Air Distribution Inconsistencies
If you’ve noticed that there are warm or cold spots in certain areas of your home, this is a sign that there are air distribution problems, which in turn can negatively affect indoor air quality. To address this issue, have an air conditioner replacement specialist check on your HVAC system to reduce dust, pollen, mold and bacteria distribution around your home.
Unpleasant odors can be indicate mold and mildew growth, pest infestation or rot in your home. All these issues point toward poor indoor air quality that should be rectified as soon as possible.
Mold and Mildew Growth
Mold and mildew growth can cause major problems with your health. It’s often caused by high relative humidity and poor air circulation in your home, and is accompanied by a musty smell along with mold spots on surfaces that are frequently exposed to water. Should you spot mold and mildew growth around your home, contact a professional immediately.
Unusual Health Symptoms
If you aren’t the type to get sick easily, yet notice that you’ve been sneezing frequently of late, it’s likely that your indoor air quality is deteriorating and causing these sudden ailments. You can test this theory by leaving your home for a certain amount of time. This will allow you to monitor your symptoms to see if they persist or only occur within your home. If the latter is the case, call a professional to find a solution to your indoor air quality problems as soon as possible.
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