What Cause Poor Indoor Air Quality (And How To Improve It)

How safe is the air you breathe inside your home?

It’s easier to take charge of your indoor air quality once you understand the underlying problems that may be impacting it. In many cases, we innocently bring things inside our homes, not realizing the potential damage they are doing to our health.

What Cause Poor Indoor Air Quality (And How To Improve It)Common problems that cause poor indoor air quality include:

• Polyurethane - which can be found in flooring choices, furniture, even mattresses
• Polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) and polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) which are common in furniture and other interior materials
• Pesticides brought in on shoes, clothing, even foods
• Cigarette smoke either from indoor smoking or as residue on clothing
• Mold and mildew
• Pollutants from cleaning products
• Exhaust from poorly ventilated areas

The greatest contributing factor to poor indoor air quality is poor ventilation. When harmful air and fumes are trapped in your home, they can linger for days. By opening windows and doors, even in the winter, you are allowing harmful toxins, allergens, and other pollutants that have become stagnant in your home to flush out or dilute from the outside air.

How do you know if you have poor air quality inside your home?

• Irritations in your throat, nose, or eyes
• Skin rashes or reddening of the skin
• Coughing and airway infections
• Dry skin
• Sleepiness, headaches, or mental fatigue
• Dizziness and nausea
• Other hypersensitivity reactions

Do the problems often occur more when you’re at home more? Do they leave when you’re away from your home for extended periods of time? Do you have more allergy or asthma-like symptoms when you’re indoors but not outdoors? All can be a sign you have poor air quality.

A professional HVAC technician can help you determine it’s functioning correctly. They will check air intakes and exhausts to make sure all are clean and functioning properly.

You should also open windows and doors frequently to allow fresh air in.

Eliminate the use of cleaning supplies that have high toxic chemicals. Look for natural alternatives.

Never allow smoking indoors or anywhere around your home.

Invest in an air purifier and a whole house humidifier to help ensure proper moisture exists inside your home.

The more aware you are of what can be detrimental to the quality of air in your home space, the more proactive you can be about ensuring its at its highest quality possible. We can help by ensuring your heating and cooling systems is operating at its highest level possible. Schedule a home energy audit today.