The specific definition and standards of indoor air quality remain under debate. However, understanding how certain contaminants and airborne pollutants affect you has always been of a high importance. Oftentimes people have trouble establishing a link between poor indoor air quality and its effects on the occupants’ health. Whether you suspect any issues, the air in your home, school or work building can subtly harm your physical wellness. It’s increasingly important to learn to inspect the indoor air and evaluate what can be done to improve its quality.
Problem: Issues with your heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit can directly contribute to indoor air quality problems. If its performance is compromised, the HVAC system might fail to maintain set humidity and temperature levels. If your HVAC system hasn’t been replaced for over 10 years, it’s likely to do a poor job filtering the air.
Solution: Consider replacing it with a new unit engineered to work efficiently and handle all of your air quality issues. If your ventilation unit is relatively new, make sure a professional technician conducts a regular maintenance to double check that all parts are working properly. To improve system’s overall efficiency, it’s essential to have the entire ductwork cleaned and inspected for cracks, leaks, and insufficient insulation.
Problem: When the humidity level is too high or too low, the consequences can extend beyond discomfort and overheating. The signs like static electricity dried out indoor plants and peeling wallpaper in your building most certainly indicate low indoor humidity levels. For New England residents, high humidity is a more common problem. After all, excess moisture indoors creates thriving conditions for various allergens, dust mites, and mold.
Solution: To control high humidity, invest in an exhaust fan to push warm and moist air outside or install ceiling fans for a better air circulation. Another good idea is to install a whole-home dehumidifier. If the moist scents remain stale in the air, it’s possible there’s a mold growth. If you sense weird odors, let AirPro Environmental Solutions know. Our certified professionals have years of experience and expertise in mold testing.
Problem: Excessive dust in the air can indicate that the indoor ventilation isn’t trapping the particles efficiently. Dust attracts dust mites, a common cause of allergies. These critters are hard to eradicate as they can settle on all kinds of surfaces. Regular cleaning and vacuuming is the key to alleviating dust mites.
Solution: If your ventilation filter hasn’t been changed within the past month, replace it with the new one. Depending on usage, filters should be replaced at least every 2-3 months. If the is a larger dust problem, a whole-house filter could be a cost-efficient solution.
Problem: If you’ve lived in your house for long, chances are your home has a familiar scent. If you can smell cooking odors from a dinner earlier in the week, or a perfume hours after you sprayed it on, your home appears to suffer from stale odors. Whether you can or can’t tolerate random odd scents, they indicate a larger problem that you can’t cover with air freshener. Obnoxious smells that wouldn’t disappear are the signs of an inadequate ventilation system.
Solution: Observe how the scents move through your home. If an odor remains strong in an isolated area of your house, it’s likely your ductwork needs to be tested. If the air circulation is insufficient, try installing ceiling fans.
Problem: Some indoor air quality problems aren’t apparent in your home environment. There have been cases in which people might not have realized there was an issue until their health started suffering. There is a wide range of respiratory conditions that can be caused by bad air quality, including chronic coughing, sneezing, fatigue, headaches, and congestions. These symptoms can develop into more serious health problems, such as nosebleeds, breathing difficulties, asthma attacks, and even lung disease. As soon as you notice a sign of a respiratory issue, consider the air quality in your home.
Solution: Consider purchasing an air purifier. If left on throughout the day, it can clear the air from allergens, dander, pollen, mold, and dust before you can inhale them. Prevention of an air quality problem is better than remediation. But even if worse comes to worst, our professionals got your back.