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Signs You Need to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

Posted January 9, 2020 by in Health + Fitness
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A large part of feeling comfortable at home involves breathing clean air. If you fail to monitor the quality of air in your house, you or your family could notice health effects. If it doesn’t hit your health, poor air quality can destroy your fixtures through the uncontrolled growth of mold.

Luckily, the following tips will help you learn how to test for poor air quality and how to fix it:

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Your Family Feels Sick

The presence of dust and pollen can trigger allergies in some people. When this happens, they may start wheezing and coughing, or they may complain of headaches and congestion. Toxic gases like carbon monoxide can lead to headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. Those with sensitive skin may notice their skin starts to itch, flake, or feel dry. 

Contaminated indoor air can lead to severe respiratory problems when left uncontrolled for a long time. However, a regular cleaning routine can clear the problems with dust and pollen. Keep all rooms properly ventilated to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Excessive Moisture 

Your home may suffer from a buildup in humidity. Mold thrives in damp environments. It will destroy your furniture, and it can lead to serious health problems. With poor ventilation, your house will begin to smell musty and strange. Such smells are usually detectable if you’re coming in from outside, but they can be driven out by letting in fresh air.

To fix this problem, you need to ensure that the house has proper ventilation. Always keep your vents completely open to allow for better air circulation.  

Inconsistent Air Distribution

If you notice uneven temperatures in your house, your home could have a problem with air circulation. For instance, some parts may be extremely warm while others are too cool, despite your HVAC running. In such cases, you may want to schedule a maintenance checkup for your HVAC system. Other times, it is because your house design may be stretching the limits of the HVAC system built into it.

Your HVAC system can be modified to a zoned structure. A zoned system redirects the heating and cooling functions to areas where they are needed most. 

Too Many Dusty Spots

A little dust on the furniture is perfectly normal. However, if you start seeing too much of it, even when you haven’t done any major construction, you should start monitoring the air. Dust mites tend to hang around such environments, triggering allergies, and making life unbearable for anyone with asthma. An inefficient HVAC system may not protect you from dirt, which is why you need to service it regularly. 

Ideally, you should replace the air filters in your HVAC frequently throughout the year, according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. A regular cleaning schedule will help to get rid of the dirt and dust mites. 

Monitoring air quality could seem easy if you follow these steps. However, following through can be overwhelming, especially if you are not sure of where to start checking.  To keep yourself from making guesses and mistakes, you can seek the services of a trained professional. Since they will diagnose and fix the problem, these certified technicians may deliver value for your health and convenience.