Warning Signs of Bad Air Quality in Your Home

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Did you know that air quality in your home is 2-5 times worse than outside air? Bad air quality in homes is very common and can lead to some serious medical conditions if untreated. From dirty carpets to chemicals in your cleaning solutions, there are a myriad of ways for your home air quality to become unsafe. Here are some of the warning signs of bad air quality in your home.

Common Airborne Contaminants

Improving bad air quality starts with identifying the individual elements that cause the contamination. Here are some of the more common airborne contaminants in the average home.

  • Dust Mites
  • Pollen
  • Pet Dander
  • Chemicals in Cleaning Supplies
  • Smoke from Burned Food and Tobacco-Based Products
  • Mold
  • Mildew
  • Pesticides
  • Formaldehyde (found in adhesives used to build furniture, carpets and paneling)
  • Polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) & Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) (found in many plastics, TVs and computer monitors to prevent them from catching fire)
  • Polyurethane (a respiratory toxin found in many consumer products including sealants for floors and furniture and is also in some mattresses)

Warning Signs of Bad Air Quality

House Guests Are Always Coughing or Sneezing

Have you noticed that when you have house guests, they always seem to be sneezing, coughing or experiencing other symptoms related to congestion and allergies? Do you feel more congested at home than your work or when you are on vacation? If so, that may mean that your home air is not safe for you.

Beware the Aftermath of Home Renovation

If you have recently renovated areas of your home, there are multiple bad air quality factors at play. If you are pulling up carpeting and breaking down cabinets, you are likely unearthing a host of contaminants that have been hidden over the years. Once more, the fumes that are emitted from paint, carpeting adhesive and other renovation products are making your home air more toxic. Be sure to wear a mask and open some windows and doors to keep the fresh air flowing.

Dust Buildup is More Frequent

Have you noticed that dust seems to pile up very quickly in your home? Those in more rural or industrial areas typically see a lot more dust. If you are dusting too frequently, it might be a sign that you need to fit your air conditioning system with stronger filters or UV light. You also may want to consider an air purifier.

How to Improve Bad Air Quality?

There are many tactics that help you toward the goal of having clean, healthy home air including:

  • Change Your Air Filters Regularly
  • Choose Hardwood or Tile Flooring Instead of Carpet, Laminates or Vinyl
  • Purchase an Air Purifier
  • Consider a Ventilator
  • Install a UV Lamp into Your AC System
  • Open Windows When Weather Permits for an Influx of Fresh Air
  • Clean Air Intake Vents Regularly

Keep a Regular Maintenance Schedule

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