What are the symptoms of poor air quality?
Preventing poor air quality is easier than you think! A clean, energy-efficient heating ventilation and air conditioning system in your home provides the air quality necessary for good health. An HVAC system that functions well will eliminate many of the harmful particulates that can cause the following symptoms:
- Sinus congestion
- A continual cough
- Itching and possible skin rash
- Watery eyes
- Headaches and fatigue
These are the most obvious symptoms of reactions to dust, dirt, pollen, harmful odors, pet dander, smoke, and contaminants in the home. Pollen allergies are often seasonal but they can lead to other respiratory problems. Good indoor air quality can also help to eliminate the microscopic pathogens that cause bacterial and viral infections.
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People often ignore a little dust on furniture or walls or counters. These areas should be cleaned. Since certain cleaning supplies can also cause respiratory and skin irritations, non-toxic cleaning products are highly recommended.
Air fresheners, candles, and incense do not clean the air. They only cover up odors while they actually add carbon pollutants to the air.
Air Filters Can Affect Poor Air Quality
Your heating ventilation and air conditioning system (HVAC) should have filters that trap harmful particulates from dust and pollen in the air. This is your first line of defense against harmful pathogens. Clean filters will also take in some particulates from mold and smoke.
Filters should be changed at least twice a year on most HVAC systems, based on the number of people and pets in a home. Dirty filters will not function properly and that can result in poor air quality. Your HVAC system may also work harder and use more power.
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Filters must also be checked in clothes dryers, stove hoods, vacuum cleaners, dehumidifiers and other appliances that circulate air. Keeping all filter systems clean will help control harmful pathogens in the air. An air purifier will also absorb stray spores as well as other particulates.
HVAC ductwork should also be checked for cracks and tears that can allow dust and mold to enter unfiltered.
Mold and moisture pathogens – a result of poor air quality!
Mold and mildew can be just as irritating to the sinuses as pollen and dust. Mold builds up in dark, moist areas. Your basement may be the perfect place for mold spores to germinate.
The areas under sinks along with showers and bathtubs support mold. These areas should be cleaned and free of mold at all times. The invisible mold spores can be sucked into your HVAC system as it circulates air throughout the house, especially in bathrooms and kitchens. The filter should trap the spores.
Asbestos and the lead in paint are harmful contaminants. Exposure to these substances can cause nausea, headaches and even muscle pain.
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You can control your exposure to harmful chemical sprays and certain pollutants by avoiding them whenever possible. Try not to use insecticides indoors or outside. Move out of your home temporarily if you are remodeling to avoid excessive dirt and dust.
People living in homes, condos, and apartments must be aware of air quality problems that will affect their health. The work environment must also be free of harmful pathogens, especially in an enclosed office building.
Good indoor air quality is necessary for good health.
For over 20 years, we have been helping people who are working on improving indoor air quality with Indoor Environmental Surveys and Ventilation Systems Cleaning by providing high quality workmanship with unparalleled customer service to both residential and commercial customers. Our staff of professionals are dedicated to serving your specific needs from the moment you contact us until the completion of your remediation project. Visit our website or contact us today for more information or to schedule your mold remediation consultation.