What You Don’t Know May Hurt You: The Truth Behind Indoor Air Quality
Now that winter is finally here, Cincinnati residents are doing everything within their power to ensure that warm air stays inside their homes and cold air stays out. People will do everything short of boarding-up their windows to avoid drafts, and for good reason — drafty windows and poor insulation promote discomfort and high energy bills. Bearing all of this in mind, it’s not uncommon for people to overlook something that can have a dramatic impact on health over time, and that’s indoor air quality.
The Hidden Dangers of Poor Indoor Air Quality
A lot of people don’t realize that the air they’re breathing in each day may not be as healthy as they think. The fact is, poor indoor air quality can cause a number of health issues, and being able to identify whether or not you’re being affected at the moment is imperative to determining what (if any) changes need to be made to your home.
The following are just a few common symptoms of poor indoor air quality, all of which deserve your attention:
- Sinus Congestion
- Dry eyes, nose, throat and/or skin
- Feeling better when outside of the house (known as SBS, or Sick Building Syndrome)
If you notice any of the above symptoms lasting for more than a short period of time, it’s essential to enlist the help of a group of home performance professionals to avoid allowing problems to get worse.
Airflow and Indoor Air Quality
Indoor air quality can no doubt be affected by a number of different types of factors, but one of the most significant is airflow. When airflow is not streamlined, dirty air from basements and crawlspaces is often sourced to fill the home, which can be contaminated with mold and other undesirable factors. The goal, then, is to move dirty air out of the home and source air from desirable places (not your musty basement). Air ducts should be properly sealed and cleaned, which will increase efficiency, get rid of dusty air and prevent air that is already conditioned from leaving the home.
In addition to the above, heating and A/C filters should be checked regularly to ensure that blockages are not an issue, as dirty filters can lead to bad air and inefficiency. Finally, you may want to consider dehumidification if mold is an apparent issue. Basements and attics tend to be the culprit here, and nipping these issues in the bud can make a huge difference in the quality of your indoor air. Keep in mind, though, that home performance services can often help to eliminate mold issues as well.
There’s nothing more important than protecting the health of you and your family, and National Heating & Air is here to help. Contact us today to learn more about improving indoor air quality in your home.