According to the Environmental Protection Agency, some indoor pollutants can be up to five times more concentrated than outdoors. Prolonged exposure to these pollutants can cause significant health problems. Below are three signs that you may be contending with poor indoor air quality (IAQ) in your Jamestown, TN home.
1. Frequent Cold-Like Symptoms
Everyone catches the common cold occasionally, especially when the seasons change. However, if you or someone in your home catches colds frequently, this may signal a problem with IAQ. Pollutants circulating in the air, such as dust and bacteria, can cause colds and cold-like symptoms.
High indoor humidity increases the chances that biological contaminants will thrive indoors. If you live in crowded conditions with many people and pets, biological contaminants can quickly grow and spread throughout your home. You will want to change your air filters in your HVAC system more often than every three months, and you will want to procure a dehumidifier if humidity levels in your home exceed 50%.
2. Bad Odors
One sign that you could have problems with your indoor air quality is when the air inside your home smells stale. Bad odors are often the result of stagnant air and the growth of biological contaminants. To rectify this problem, have an HVAC professional perform duct cleaning and ask about potential air purification solutions.
3. Worsening Asthma and Allergy Symptoms
Does someone in your household have asthma or allergies and symptoms persist despite managing the condition with medications? If so, this points to poor IAQ. Many airborne pollutants can irritate the bronchial passages or trigger allergy symptoms. Prolonged exposure to such pollutants can increase the frequency of asthma attacks and allergic reactions. In rare cases, this can result in life-threatening emergencies.
Everyone should be able to breathe fresh, clean air whenever they are in their own home. At Action Heating & Cooling, Inc., we will work with you to identify and correct your indoor air quality issues. If you notice any signs that your home has poor air quality, contact our experts in Crossville, TN, right away.