Show Notes: Hows Your Air Quality? – On the House

Show Notes: Hows Your Air Quality?

By on December 12, 2015
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If your air quality needs attention we have great information you have come to the right place. A closed up home doesn’t need to make you or your family sick 

Do You Give Indoor Air Quality A Second Thought?

Signs of Indoor Air Quality Problems 

How do you know if you should be concerned about your indoor air quality? Look for these common warning signs that may indicate you have indoor air pollutants:

  • You feel sick at home and better when you’re away.
  • You’ve noticed problems, even just extra dirt, around heating or cooling units.
  • Air doesn’t seem to be circulating properly in the house.
  • You spot mold in your home.
  • Your indoor air is humid, resulting in condensation.
  • There’s been damage to a chimney or flue.
  • Your home’s construction is too tight.
  • You’ve noticed changes in your health after renovating or remodeling.
  • The air in your home always smells old or stuffy.
  • There’s an odor in the air that you can’t get rid of.

If you suspect you have an issue with indoor air quality, you can perform tests to see if specific air pollutants are infiltrating your home and possibly affecting your health.

Potential Air Pollutants 

Here are some of the most common indoor air pollutants that could be contaminating your home:

  • Asbestos
  • Radon
  • Lead and lead dust
  • Household chemicals
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Formaldehyde
  • Dust and molds
  • Pet hair and dander

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Here are some sources of indoor air pollutants that can impair your indoor air quality, particularly when ventilation isn’t good:

  • Household chemicals, solvents, and cleaning products
  • Malfunctioning space heaters
  • Poorly vented furnaces or stoves
  • Outdoor air pollution that gets in
  • Pesticide use
  • Wood, kerosene, oil, gas, and coal burned for heat
  • Insulation made with asbestos
  • Carpets, furniture, and rugs that have been treated with chemicals or have become wet

Indoor Air Quality and Your Health 

Indoor air pollutants can affect your entire family’s health, by contributing to the development of asthma and other respiratory illnesses. In addition, chronic respiratory diseases, cancer, and heart disease can result from long-term exposure to indoor air pollutants.

To improve your indoor air quality, consider installing an air cleaning system to remove air pollutants from your home. There are a number of different air cleaning systems and devices that will remove solid and gaseous contaminants from the air.

It’s also important to make sure that your home is well-ventilated. A poorly ventilated home can trap air pollutants inside. Good ventilation also reduces humidity levels and can help prevent the growth of mold and mildew in your home. If you notice signs of mold formation, make sure to immediately contact mold removal specialists for professional mold removal services.

If you think your home is making you sick, you just might be right. Take steps quickly to solve the problem by identifying and then getting rid of indoor air pollutants. Taking action will help you breathe easier.

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