Don’t Smoke? Why Your Indoor Air Quality Can Still Be Bad
Pollution is on the rise and as such more people are paying attention to their indoor air quality. If you have no idea, why you are sick and you are not getting better you may be suffering from poor indoor air quality. Read on to find out how you can test your indoor air quality and why changing air conditioning filters might be the solution to your sickness.
Causes of Poor Indoor Air Quality
Poor indoor air quality can usually be boiled down to one, or a combination, of these four things:
– Old heating and cooling systems that haven’t been maintained
– Construction sites nearby
– Increase in the number of people living in your home
– Insufficient air flow
Having a heating system that isn’t operating at its optimal capacity means it is burning more waste than necessary. Waste that easily and more often than not, finds its way into your home. Keeping up with maintenance checks and routinely changing air filters greatly reduces the likelihood that this will become a problem.
Unfortunately, some things are out of your control, like if there are construction sites nearby that kick up dust and other chemicals or if you suddenly take on more house guests. Finally, maybe your home just wasn’t designed with enough breathing room. That is, air tends to get trapped in your home because there are few windows or ways for it to escape.
How to Tell?
But how do you tell if you have poor indoor air quality to begin with? The most common signs are symptoms of sickness like:
– Dry and itchy eyes
– Shortness of breath
As you can see having a combination of these symptoms will make you think you have caught a flu bug. But, if you can’t pin down the source, IE, no one around you is sick and there is no flu bug going around where you work, you might want to start thinking of getting your home air quality tested.
You can get it tested professionally or purchase a DIY testing kit. Note though that DIY testing kits are known to be less dependable than having a professional contractor come in, though they are cheaper. Thorough testing in either case includes: radon, asbestos, mold, carbon monoxide and volatile organic compound testing.