Most of us seek comfort in our homes, or other indoor spaces to escape outdoor pollution, like smog, smoke, and other pollutants. It may come as a surprise to many people to learn that indoor air is often 5x more polluted than outdoor air. Clean indoor air in your home or office is critical to long-lasting health! Negative health effects from indoor air pollution may be experienced soon after or, possibly, years later.
Be sure to keep a close lookout for these 5 signs that your home or office may have poor air quality:
- Change in Allergy Symptoms
Poor indoor air quality may cause coughing, sneezing, a runny nose, watery eyes, headaches, and congestion. Pay close attention to when these symptoms occur and when they disappear. If you feel better as soon as you leave your home, you are likely breathing in poor quality indoor air on the daily.
- Unpleasant Smell
Many types of odors can be indicative of poor air quality. You might not even notice a certain smell in your home until you return from being away. If something smells off (chemical, mold, or other), this could be one of the major warning signs of poor air quality. This also could be a signal that your home is lacking proper ventilation and that air is trapped and unable to flow out of your home.
- Dust Buildup
If you have excess dust buildup in your home, despite how many times you’ve cleaned, it is likely you have an indoor air issue that should be addressed by a professional.
- Mold or Mildew Growth
If you notice a strong musty smell in your home, it is probably mold or mildew. Breathing in mold can be detrimental to your health, causing issues ranging from depression to nervous system disorders. If the presence of mold is discovered within the home, it is best to address the issue as soon as possible to prevent any potential illnesses or damages to your home.
- Hot and Cold Spots
Hot or cold spots in the home signify that a major airflow issue may be present. Without proper ventilation, your home cannot dispose of harmful contaminants that may be circulating around in the air.
Fortunately, there are easy ways in which homeowners can improve indoor air quality:
- Change Air Filters Regularly
Changing the filters within your home helps tremendously in reducing air contaminants and controlling indoor air pollution.
- Keep Humidity Low
Using a humidifier in your home is a great way to prevent the growth of mildew or mold and keep moisture out.
- Install an in-duct home purification system
EnviroAire UV Whole Home Purification System works continuously in the central air system to purify the air, eliminating viruses, dust, odors, mold spores, tobacco smoke, pet dander, germs, and toxic chemicals to provide the healthiest indoor air quality possible.