How healthy do you think your home is? It could not be as fresh as you may guess. Pollution can be two to five times higher indoors than outside your home, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Indoor air contaminants floating through your house’s air may be a source of headaches and allergy outbreaks. And mold and mildew pose a potential health risk.
Though headaches and allergies can be caused by other issues, they can be a sign your house has indoor air quality (IAQ) issues. This is especially true if your symptoms improve when you’re outside of your home.
- Dehydrated eyes, nose, throat or skin
- Headaches and sinus concerns
- Allergies or asthma issues that are more irritated than you usually experience
- Coughing and sneezing
- Faintness or nausea
An old heating and cooling unit could be a contributing factor in indoor air quality challenges, particularly if the HVAC system appears to be having difficulty to filter air, adjust humidity or keep temperatures consistent.
Here are a few other signals you may choose to evaluate your indoor air:
- Increase in static or mold growth
- Unwarranted dirt
- Stale odors