Unfortunately, poor air quality is more of an issue than many people realize. When issues occur related to your health or your home because of bad air quality, they are often attributed to other causes. Many think that lethargy and a cough is just the common cold, failing to realize it may be mold caused by an improperly maintained ventilation system.
Getting to know the signs of poor air quality in your home will let you know when it is time to take action.
The Air is Overly Humid or Dry
It’s challenging to assess the humidity in the air just by “feeling” it. In some cases, you need a hygrometer to make a proper assessment. If the air is overly humid, it can generate mold growth. If it’s too dry, then excessive dust will be created. Both of these situations can result in health issues.
Health Issues for Family Members
In some cases, health problems are the result of long-term exposure to poor indoor air quality; however, they are blamed on the common cold. Lethargy, coughing, sneezing, congestion and sinus issues are all symptoms of poor indoor air quality.
Everyone will react to poor air quality differently. Depending on several factors, such as existing respiratory problems, a sensitivity to allergens and age, you may be more or less susceptible to these types of symptoms. The elderly, those with respiratory problems such as asthma and infants are all going to find the symptoms are much more intense, than individuals who are otherwise healthy.
You Can Never Stop Dusting
Have you found that regardless of how much you wipe down various surfaces, you can’t stay on top of the accumulation of dust? If it has been a while since you have had your vents maintained, cleaned or inspected, then there’s a good chance that they are the cause of the issue.
The fact is, dusting your home can disturb just as much dust as it will remove. The dust can make its way into the air vents. When you have maintained vents and a clean filter, the dust will be trapped. If you have vents and a filter that are dirty, then the dust is going to continue to circulate all throughout your home and wind up moving into other rooms.
You Have Found Mold
If your ventilation system is not cleaned or maintained, then the capacity it has to process moisture will be eliminated. An accumulation of particulates and dust, along with excess humidity, generate the ideal circumstances for the growth of mold.
Your vents are the perfect home for mold, and the flowing air is the perfect vehicle to spread it. Mold spores can ride the air currents and make the way into the lungs of you and your family members.
If you have noticed any of the issues highlighted here, then it is time to take action. The problems are only going to get worse, so it is best to call the professionals for assistance.