Your home is meant to be a place of rest and relaxation—your own personal safe haven. But there are some instances where your home works against you instead of for you.
Poor indoor air quality results from surprisingly simple sources. Cleaning products, fireplaces, and stoves all produce emissions that become dangerous if allowed to build up. Dust, dirt, and mold can also contribute to poor indoor air quality.
This can lead to respiratory problems and other issues with your health. But how do you tell if the air quality inside your home is poor? Here are some signs that your home has poor indoor air quality (and how to eliminate it).
Coughing and Sneezing
Have you been coughing and sneezing more than usual? It’s easy to pass off these common symptoms as allergies, but poor indoor air quality is another potential source. Breathing in contaminated air can irritate your sinuses and lungs and result in symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, and difficulty breathing.
Take a look around your home. Make sure to scrutinize the filters around your vents particularly closely. Is everything covered in a thin layer of dust? Dust is a collection of tiny particles from skin cells, hair, bacteria, dust mites, dead bugs, soil, and other nasty sources. When dust becomes airborne or gets inside your HVAC, you can breathe it in. If you see a lot of dust in your home, pick up a duster and clean it off.
For dust and other contaminants inside your air ducts, contact a duct cleaning professional. Chances are, you don’t have the tools required to reach deep into your HVAC and thoroughly clean everything out.
Does your home smell inexplicably funky? That’s another sign that your home has poor indoor air quality. Chemicals, dust, pollen, and mold can all cause bad odors. The best way to eliminate these smells is to combat them at the source by having your ducts cleaned or your home examined and treated for mold.
Another sign that your home’s air quality isn’t great is that normal smells hang around for unusually long periods of time. Did you bake cookies a week ago and can still smell them? The most likely cause is poor ventilation because of a broken or clogged HVAC system.