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How Do I Know if I Have Indoor Quality Issues?

Homeowners have heard about indoor air quality for years while wondering what it's all about. Indoor air quality is about the increasing amount of pollutants and contaminants in both inside and outside air. We bring contaminants inside on our clothing, shoes, skin, and hair. It then circulates throughout the house via the heating and cooling system. This is the basis of poor indoor air quality.

What Are Some Signs Of Poor Indoor Air Quality?

Our homes are carriers of pathogens due to the HVAC system circulating them. You'll know the indoor air quality isn't quite up to snuff if you notice the following:

  • Gas appliances are not vented properly to the outside or serviced regularly.
  • Testing your home for radon. Radon is a natural by-product of decaying uranium deep underground. It rises through the ground and into the air, water, and any buildings in its way. It's colorless, odorless, tasteless, and kills more people than cigarette smoking
  • Chemicals like pesticides, paint and paint thinner, air fresheners, and household cleaners are circulating through your home via the heating and cooling system.
  • Leaks and standing water mean mold and mildew. Check the house for these and make the proper arrangements for their removal.
  • If you've remodeled or bought new furniture, you should know that carpet, the glue securing hardwood floors, furnishings, and paint can release chemicals in the air, giving your home poor indoor air quality.

How Does This Affect Homeowners?

Poor indoor air quality has an effect on all living in a structure. Poor and/or interrupted sleeping patterns, mood swings, fatigue, headache, high blood pressure, heart troubles, muscle pain, itchy, watery eyes, coughs, and trouble breathing are symptoms of bad air quality. Some symptoms resemble other health conditions and diseases, so doctors might have a difficult time assigning the symptoms to air quality. Homeowners are encouraged to contact an HVAC professional upon noticing these symptoms of contaminated air quality.

What's The Solution?

Have an HVAC professional perform maintenance on your HVAC unit twice a year on a regular basis. Keeping the components in the unit in tip-top condition keeps the air circulating in the house clean.

Buy HEPA or pleated filters and change them every three months. These catch more contaminants than fiberglass filters. They're also a little more expensive, but consider the cost against the price of doctors and medications to treat the symptoms of poor indoor air quality.

This is what indoor air quality, good or poor, is all about. Homeowners should contact Harwich Port Heating and Cooling if they are experiencing symptoms of bad indoor air quality.
 

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