Warmer weather, more hours of daylight, blooming plants – all signs point to spring! There are several ways you can improve your home every season of the year. Unfortunately, with spring, there are also quite a few allergens and these often make their way into your home.
Not sure if your indoor air quality is good? Don’t worry you aren’t alone. However, there are a few signs you can watch for that indicate a problem. Learn more about what they are here.
Allergies and Asthma
If you are sneezing and coughing a lot, and it seems as though this gets worse when you go inside, then this is a clear indication of subpar indoor air quality. Some of the most common triggers include pet danger, pollen, hair, dust and volatile organic compounds.
Flu and Cold Symptoms
If there are several people in your home who are exhibiting cold and flu symptoms, it could be another sign of poor air quality. You should really think about speaking with a professional HVAC technician if you are experiencing these issues. They can provide whole-house solutions to help minimize these symptoms.
You are Constantly Cleaning
Does it seem like there is always a film of dirt and dust covering your home? If so, the issue may be a dirty HVAC system. If the system is dirty, it will spread dust all over your indoor surfaces. You can speak to a professional HVAC technician about cleaning your duct and HVAC system, and it may even be beneficial to invest in a new air filtration system.
Bad or Strange Odors
Another sign you have a problem with indoor air quality is if you have noticed your home smells bad. You may begin to notice smells of old food that don’t go away for a while or another bad odor. If this is the case, then it may be an issue with the air exchange. Be sure to call the professionals as they can typically provide a quick and effective solution for this.
While your nose will help you find indoor air quality issues quickly, it won’t be able to help you with the odorless gases and chemicals – such as pesticides, formaldehyde, VOCs, nitrogen oxide, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and other types of fungi and bacteria. As a result, you need to have your system inspected regularly (at least twice a year) to ensure these issues are not present. This is the best way to ensure you have quality indoor air quality, and that there are no potential hazards to you or your family.
As you can see, there are several issues that can indicate subpar indoor air quality. If you know the signs, you will also be aware of when it is time to call the professionals for an inspection. Don’t ignore these things, as they are only going to get worse, and cause more issues over time. Taking action is the best way to prevent more serious problems from arising.