Is Air Quality a Problem in Your Home?

by Editor on August 21, 2013

Air Quality Egg

If there’s one thing that we take for granted that we need every single second of the day, it would be air. Not only does it provide us with the oxygen that our organs need to live, but inhaling clean fresh air improves our blood pressure, strengthens our immune systems and simply causes us to be happier individuals. That’s why, if there is an air quality problem inside of your home, it can pose challenges when it comes to you and your family’s health, along with the pets and plants that you may have.

If you’re not sure how to know for absolute certain that you have an air quality problem, you’ve come to the right place. Below, we’re going to share some of the telltale signs so that you can know what to look out for.

There will be physical symptoms. One of the best ways to know if there is an air quality problem in your house is if you or someone else living inside of your home has symptoms that are very similar to allergic reactions. You may have headaches and feel sluggish or you may do a lot of sneezing and coughing without any clear cause (other than your air quality, of course).

There will be unpleasant odors. Oftentimes, when we’re cleaning our homes, we’ll open up a few windows. Why? Because it helps to air out the fumes that may come from the cleaning products that we use. Plus, it can help to remove any musty smells as well. So yes, another indication that you may have an air quality issue is if there are unpleasant odors within the home (especially if they are still present after you clean the rooms in your house).

There will be no breeze inside. Another reason why it’s a good idea to open up your windows is so a natural breeze can flow through so that air can continue to circulate. Therefore, we’re pretty sure that you can guess that another sign of having an air quality problem is if you don’t have any air circulation. For this reason, opening your windows is good but it also doesn’t hurt to turn on your ceiling or oscillating fans from time to time either.

There will be moisture in undesirable places. When we discover that we have a mold or mildew infestation in our home, usually that’s a sign of there being moisture trapped in areas such as our window sills, our plumbing, heat pumps and air conditioning units along with our basements. This is also a sign that we are not getting the kind of air circulation that our homes need because if we did, chances are, this wouldn’t be nearly as much of an issue.

There will be a collection of dust and dander. And finally, another indication of an air quality problem is if you have a collection of dust and dander in your house. This could be due to a variety of things: the need to vacuum or dust, clogged air filters or air ducts or that it’s simply time to have your pet washed and trimmed. However, if you make a point to address these issues on a consistent basis, we can assure you that your air quality will improve and you’ll be able to notice it—when it comes to your health as well as your home.

photo by: SmartCitizensCC

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