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How Do I Know if My Air Quality is Bad?

If you notice an excessive buildup of dust on your vents, unusual smells, or are experiencing more severe allergies or respiratory issues than usual, the air quality in your home could be to blame. The air you breathe impacts your wellbeing, so it’s important to recognize and resolve any air quality issue to keep you, your lungs, and your home safe and healthy.

Signs of Poor Air Quality

There’s nothing more refreshing than fresh air. Unsure about the air quality in your home? Here are a few signs that can point to a problem with ventilation, airflow, or pollutants.

Excessive Dust

If you find yourself sneezing or coughing more than usual, an excess of dust, pollen, or pet dander may be building up on your home’s vents and fans. This is especially true if you’re remodeling any part of your home.

As more dust collects, it can affect your home’s air quality (and your respiratory tract). So a deep clean is your best bet to improve the quality of air you breathe at home.

Inconsistent Air Distribution

Walking into an air conditioned room after a hot day is a big relief. However, if you’re finding warm and cold spots in your home, there’s likely an issue with your HVAC’s air distribution — and that can impact air quality. Diagnosing and resolving the issue with your HVAC system right away can help restore a healthy movement of air through your home.

Humidity Issues

Low humidity can lead to dry skin and itchy eyes, as well as more frequent respiratory infections (not to mention withering plants and peeling paint). On the other hand, if your home is too humid, mold and mildew can grow and that can raise the risk of allergies and air quality issues.

Maintaining an appropriate level of humidity (30% to 50%) in your home is important to prevent excessive dryness or moisture that can pose risks to your health and your home.

Unusual Smells

You’ve likely noticed that your home has a unique smell — it’s part of that comfort and relief of returning to your familiar space after you’ve been gone for a while. But if you begin to notice any strange or unusual odors in your home, you might be dealing with inadequate ventilation, or perhaps mold and mildew or the decomposition of dust on your home’s different surfaces. Any of these factors suggest an indoor air cleaning is in order.

Respiratory Risks

The most important sign of poor air quality is your own health. If you notice you’re sneezing and coughing more, or experiencing frequent headaches and fatigue, don’t ignore it! Air quality can worsen over time, and you’ll want to find and take care of any issue with your air before it leads to more severe health and respiratory problems.

Act Fast, Breathe Healthy

As soon as you suspect there’s something wrong with your home’s air quality, it’s best to act fast. Look out for red flags and consider the different ways you can improve your home’s air quality.

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