There may be irritants lurking in the air of your home that are causing cold and flu like symptoms.
Many of us suffer from a persistent cough, itchy eyes, or other respiratory problems and often ignore it as a symptom of the common cold or flu. However, chances are that there might be some irritants lurking around your home that are causing these symptoms. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, internal air quality can be almost 3-5 times worse than in the outdoors. Learn how to improve the internal air quality in your home.
There are many synthetic-based and chemical laden substances in our homes. Household furnishings, paint, petroleum-based carpeting, countertops, and laminate floorings off-gas harmful chemicals. Even scented products and perfumes release dangerous chemicals into the internal air. This can be prevented with better ventilation, use of natural cleaning agents and perfumes, and the use of an air purifier.
Lack of Ventilation
For better HVAC efficiency, homeowners should seal and insulate their homes properly. It is also extremely important that there is a source of ventilation for fresh air. Opening the windows for at least a few hours every day can make a difference, and so can the use of exhaust fans or whole house ventilation systems.
You might notice some mold growth in your home even if there has been no serious leaks or flooding. There are many sources of humidity or dampness that can promote mold growth. Some of these sources are humidifiers, condensation, air conditioner drip pans, clogged gutters, and inadequately vented dryers. To prevent dampness, you should ensure that all appliances, including your HVAC system, are in good working condition.
Radon is a leading cause of lung cancer, second only to cigarette smoke. It is an odorless and invisible gas that is present in many homes. It is a radioactive substance that moves upward from the ground, so lower level homes and basements are more prone to radon poisoning.
This is one of the most common allergens present inside homes. Even though you may think that your home is quite neat and clear of all mites, you may still have some microscopic insects such as dust mites lurking around. HVAC professionals recommend the use of HEPA filter vacuum cleaner in homes that are prone to allergens.
Using a dehumidifier to control humidity levels inside the home and using an air conditioner in the summer can reduce the chances of dust mite infestation by over 90 percent. If you have pets at home, then there are higher chances that you will have dust mites in your home, because dust mites feed on animal dander. Keep your pets clean and if possible, do not let them inside the bedroom or living areas.
St. Louis Indoor Air Quality
If you have been experiencing allergies or other skin and respiratory problems, your internal air quality may be poor. Call Air Excellence Heating and Cooling at (636) 980-0998 to inspect your home and check if your ducts or HVAC system is a source of allergens.