Poor air quality is a very common issue in most people’s houses, especially during the winter months and summer months – as this is the time that forced air units are pushing air through your home – and invariably dust, dander, and other particulates. The signs of poor air quality are fairly easy to spot, and typically involve stale, stuffy air full of odors. Poor air quality can cause coughing fits, chest tightness, sore throat, and even a full-blown asthma attack – obviously, this is not the situation you would want to be in to discover that you have an issue.
While there are plenty of things that can be done to improve air quality temporarily and permanently, one of the best things you can do is to remove or correct the source(s) of poor air quality. For example, an air conditioner that is damaged or that has a clogged air filter may be circulating mildew. Changing your air filter is actually one of the best (and simplest) maintenance items you can do to keep your air clean and breathable.
A poorly ventilated bathroom or laundry room could be growing mold/mildew – so making sure your bathroom is properly ventilated is very important. When venting your bathroom – be sure that it vents to the exterior of your home. Too many times will we see bathrooms venting into an attic and causing all sort of moisture issues and damage.
If there’s someone in your home that smokes indoors, the smell of smoke and tobacco may be seeping into the walls and floors. Smoking is not good for anyone’s health, but second-hand smoke can linger in a home for many years – causing poor air quality and causing many different respiratory issues for the home’s occupants. Taking a look around your house may reveal other sources of poor air quality that you may be able to address.