How healthy do you think your home is? It may not be as healthy as you think. Pollution can be two to five times higher within your home than outside your home, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Indoor air pollutants circulating through your home’s air could cause headaches and allergy attacks. And mold and mildew can cause a host of health problems.
Though headaches and allergies may be present due to other things, they could be an indicator your house has indoor air quality (IAQ) problems. This is particularly accurate if your symptoms improve while you’re away from home.
- Dry eyes, nose, throat or skin
- Headaches and sinus problems
- Allergies or asthma troubles that are more irritated than you usually experience
- Coughing and sneezing
- Dizziness or feeling queasy
A timeworn heating and cooling system could be a possible factor in indoor air quality concerns, particularly if it’s struggling to purify air, adjust humidity or keep temperatures consistent.
Here are further signs you may choose to evaluate your indoor air:
- Increase in static or mold growth
- Excessive dirt
- Stale smells