Poor indoor air quality is nothing to sneeze at – no pun intended. Despite the relatively low attention it garners, indoor air pollution is present in more than 90% of North American homes. Common indoor air contaminates can include carbon dioxide, formaldehyde, microbial contaminants and dust mites. Sound serious yet? Here are five signs that you may be dealing with poor indoor air quality in your home:
Sign #1: Presence of bad odors.
Do you have any long-standing odors in your home? Scents of mildew that will not go away indicate mold growth, which can be very dangerous for the health of your family and home. Other scents, such as those produced in the kitchen or bathroom, that linger for long periods of time could be a sign of poor ventilation.
Sign #2: You suffer from allergy symptoms in your home.
Short-term symptoms of indoor air pollution are very similar to allergies, and include sneezing, coughing, runny nose, itchy eyes, sore throat, headaches, nausea, fever, and fatigue. These symptoms are common to experience outdoors, but if you get them in your home, it could be a major problem. If left alone, these short-term symptoms could become long-term. Some of these long-term issues could include increased asthma attacks, respiratory disease, heart disease and even cancer. Do not risk living with indoor air pollution – take action now!
Sign #3: The onset of these symptoms is sudden.
If these symptoms suddenly occur when you are in your home, this is further cause for concern, especially if they disappear after getting some fresh air.
Sign #4: Symptoms are widespread among family members.
If only one person is suffering from these symptoms, it could be allergies or an illness. However, if multiple family members experience the same symptoms (especially in the same areas of the home), you are likely dealing with an indoor air pollution problem.
Sign #5: There is a high level of dust in your home.
Some dust in the home is one thing, but an excessive amount could be the result of dirty air ducts and/or the lack of an air filter.
Do you notice any – or all – of these signs in your Virginia home? It’s very likely you have an air quality problem. Luckily, the experts at Air Treatment Company are here to help! We offer a variety of air purification systems, dehumidifiers, and other products designed to clean up your home’s air. If you live in Fairfax County, or the surrounding area, give us a call at (703) 938-0550.