The world doesn’t breathe as easily as it used to breathe in the past. There is much more congestion and smog in urban areas. Even suburban neighborhoods feel the weight of more constricted air. This thickness of the air is true outside, but inside as well.
Many people experience poor indoor air quality both at home and at work or school. But it can be difficult to tell whether you are getting a cold, have allergies, or you have poor indoor air quality at home. Here at Heaney Plumbing & Heating, we want everyone in our community to have better air quality, so we put a list together. Keep reading to learn the signs that you have poor air quality in your home.
Sign #1: Getting Sick More Often or Worsening Allergies
Look to the people’s health to diagnose the building. Have you or your family members been coughing, sneezing, having more headaches, or noticing nosebleeds? Changing weather and allergies can be to blame for a few symptoms. However, these signs might also suggest your home has poor indoor air quality. Sometimes, the air inside can be worse than outside. Mold, gas, and even asbestos can contribute to problems with the air you breathe, leading to how healthy you become. Be on the lookout and notice patterns. If everyone has the symptoms and no one is getting better, check your air.
Sign #2: Dust Buildup
Dust can literally take your breath away. It can buildup around vents and on all the surfaces around your home. Sometimes this indoor dust is made from all the pet dander, pollen, and other allergens that keep you sneezing instead of breathing easily. Make sure to replace your air filter to solve this issue.
Sign #3: Inconsistent Distribution of Air
Watch out for warm or cold spots around your home. If your heating and cooling systems do not regulate the temperature or humidity, they might not be doing much for your indoor air quality. There may also be inconsistencies throughout the day. You don’t need to take notes, just be aware of weird differences.
Sign #4: Mold & Mildew Growth
Watch out for a humid house - mold and mildew love to grow in damp, warm places. Basements and bathrooms can be breeding grounds for mold growth. If some area smell musty - beware! Also, look out for black, green, or white spots as those could be mold or mildew. These two can lead to a ton of health issues, so make sure to have a professional look at any area you suspect of being infected.
Breathe Easy When You Partner with the Pros
Indoor air quality should be on your radar as a homeowner. The biggest sign is you or your family being sick for extended periods. If you notice any of the above issues, give the air quality experts at Heaney Plumbing & Heating a call today. Our technicians can help diagnose your home air quality and make any necessary repairs to help your home be a healthy place to live.