After the year we’ve just had, homeowners are now more aware of indoor air quality than ever before. How do you know if you’re doing all you can to keep the inside of your home comfortable and healthy?
Pay attention to your allergies
We’re all programmed to attribute increasing allergy symptoms to a change in the weather or season. But it can be a reaction to contaminants inside your home. Allergy triggers come in a variety of formats, including pollen, dust, and other irritants that easily move inside and outside your home. It can cause coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, headaches, stuffy noses, and congestion. If you experience these symptoms, pay careful attention to when they show up and disappear. If they increase when you come back into your home, it could be an indoor air quality issue.
New or unusual symptoms
Pollen increases predictably at certain points of the year. Contaminants like chemical reactions, asbestos problems, or even mold or mildew irritants can appear and cause problems quickly. Do you have symptoms appear out of nowhere, and you are having increasing difficulty with your health? Have unexplained symptoms such as chills, nausea, muscle pain, shortness of breath, even hearing loss? It’s very possible it could be from something inside your home. If your doctor is scratching their head, call in a technician to thoroughly inspect and clean your HVAC system to ensure it’s not coming from inside.
Pay attention to what’s happening around you
Many times, people assume it can’t be indoor air quality because nothing inside their homes has changed. Look again. Is there a home being remodeled near you? Have you changed the company that handles your landscaping? All of this impacts your HVAC system and the air that enters into your home. Chemicals may be coming in that are then circulated throughout your house. And once it triggers, your symptoms escalate. The first step in fixing the problem is to find out where it’s coming from.
It may be your HVAC system
Your HVAC system is made up of three components: heating, air conditioning, and ventilation. A change in any of the three symptoms can compromise your environment. If your ductwork wiggles apart, causing leaks in various places throughout your home, it can cause inconsistencies in the way the air inside your home is distributed. That can allow things like mold or mildew to fester and grow. If it’s behind a wall, you might not know for months, years. And all the while, it’s impacting your health.
Have you noticed any of the signs from above? It may be time to contact an expert. Give us a call today, and we’ll evaluate your entire HVAC system, making repairs and replacing equipment as necessary. You’ll be left with an efficient system that won’t compromise your health. Give us a call today.