What Can Poor Indoor Air Quality Do to You?
Symptoms of poor indoor air quality may vary but are often mistaken for allergies, stress, colds, or flu. Some of the symptoms include dizziness, headaches, coughing, sneezing, fatigue, nose bleeds, sore throat, and upper respiratory congestion. Poor ventilation can trap contaminated air inside, preventing clean, fresh air from getting in. Any clogged air filters or dirty ducts can introduce dust and mites into the air. Any floods, leaks, or high humidity levels in the home, can lead to the growth of mold and bacteria.
How to Improve Your Home’s Air Quality
- Clean Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers Regularly
- Ensure Ventilation Around Furnaces, Fireplaces, Ranges, and Heaters
- Ensure Ventilation When Cleaning, Painting, or Using Harsh Chemicals
- Have Your Ductwork Tested for Leaks
- Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector
- Leave Shoes at the Door
- Replace and Maintain Air Filters Every Season
- Vacuum Often
- Wash Bedding, Pillows, and Rugs Weekly
Excess moisture can cause many issues in your home. Newer or remodeled homes have better insulation, but, in addition to cutting your energy costs, it also creates less airflow, trapping humidity. Older houses can have poorly insulated pipes, windows, and cold surfaces that create moisture when mixed with warm interior air. A dehumidifier removes moisture from the air.
Signs You May Need a Dehumidifier
- Blistering Paint or Peeling Wallpaper
- Condensation on Your Windows or Doors
- Creaky Doors/Windows/Floors
- Mold Spots on Your Ceiling or the Corners of Your Walls
- Musty Odor
- Spring Water Run-Off
A humidifier emits water vapor to increase the humidity levels in your home and is often used to alleviate the symptoms associated with cold temperatures. Cold weather brings dryer air that can compromise your respiratory system as well as weakening your wooden furniture, musical instruments, and more. A humidifier combats all these things by reintroducing the needed moisture into the air in your home.
- Relief for chest congestion
- Relief for sinusitis
- Helps prevent chapped skin
- Helps to remedy colds and allergies faster
- Can help prevent nosebleeds
- Can help prevent snoring
- Protect furniture
- Protect wooden instruments