Would you consider your home healthy? It may not be as fresh as you think. Pollution can be two to five times higher inside than outside, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Indoor air pollutants moving through your home’s air could cause headaches and allergy flareups. And mold and mildew could be the source of a variety of illnesses or issues.
Though headaches and allergies could be the result of other factors, they may be a warning your house has indoor air quality (IAQ) issues. This is especially the potential cause if it goes away while you’re away from home.
- Dehydrated eyes, nose, throat or skin
- Headaches and sinus problems
- Allergies or asthma symptoms that are worse than you usually experience
- Coughing and sneezing
- Light-headedness or feeling sick to your stomach
A timeworn heating and cooling machine could be a potential factor in indoor air quality challenges, usually if it’s struggling to clean air, control humidity or keep temperatures steady.
Here are a few other indications you may need to improve your indoor air:
- Too much static or mold growth
- Disproportionate dirt
- Stale smells