How healthy do you think your home is? It could not be as good as you think. Pollution can be two to five times worse inside than outside, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Indoor air buildup floating through your house’s air might result in headaches and allergy flareups. And mold and mildew pose a potential health risk.
Even though health problems might be the result of other factors, they can be an indicator your home has indoor air quality (IAQ) trouble. This is especially true if you feel better when you’re outside of your home.
- Itchy eyes, nose, throat or skin
- Headaches and sinus issues
- Allergies or asthma troubles that are worse than normal
- Coughing and sneezing
- Faintness or feeling sick to your stomach
A timeworn heating and cooling machine might be a potential factor in indoor air quality problems, particularly if the HVAC system appears to be struggling to clean air, regulate humidity or keep temperatures steady.
Here are some additional signals you may need to improve your indoor air:
- Increase in static or mold growth
- Unwarranted dirt
- Musty smells