How Is Your Home’s Air Quality?

Signs Your Home Has Poor Air Quality

There’s no specific definition for air quality within a home, but it is important to avoid as many contaminants and airborne pollutants as possible in the air you breath on a regular basis. Air quality needs can even vary from person to person, but no one wants to breath poor air. If you want to know what your air quality is like, watch for these signs that it could use some help.

Sign 1: Your Allergies Are Acting Up

If you have allergies, you know the telltale signs that there’s something in the air around you. Perhaps it happens during pollen season or maybe you have reactions when you visit a friend with a cat. Whatever your symptoms, if you start having them at home more often, your air quality is likely lacking. Duct and other irritants might be in the enclosed space of your home, circulating around again and again. You will want to address the air quality in your home to get relief.

Sign 2: New Health Symptoms

Many health symptoms that relate to poor air quality are mild and go unnoticed, but there are some truly hazardous things that can get into your home’s air. If you have mold growing somewhere, for example, or there are hazardous chemicals in the air you breath, you might be dizzy, have chills, have fevers, endure muscle pain, and other scary symptoms. Instead of assuming you’re coming down with something, check into the air quality of your home before you get worse.

Sign 3: Your Surrounding Environment

You are much likely to have poor air quality if you live near a busy street with lots of cars going by than you would in a neighborhood with very little traffic.  You could also have poor air quality living on a dirt road or in a big city with lots of smog. If you have environmental aspects around your home that could cause the air inside to become polluted, you’ll need to do something to remedy the quality of the air you breath.

Sign 4: Recent Home Improvements

If you recently finished off the basement, complete with wall boards or you painted several rooms or did other updates, the purity of your air may have taken a fall. The chemicals in the products you use can collect in the HVAC system, along with demolition dust and other items, and then they are circulated through the house. Change your air filters after these projects and address poor air quality in other ways.

Contact An Air Quality Professional

There are several things you can do to maintain your air quality, but when you get too far down the road to poor air quality, you might want to contact a professional for help. Experts can run tests and inspect your home to make recommendations as to what you can do to improve your air quality right away and into the future. You might need an air duct cleaning, HVAC upgrades, or the addition of plants to help turn your air quality around. Contact Stephens Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning with your air quality questions.