The joys of home or condo ownership in Florida are many- especially during the college football bowl season and the holidays. So when you find out that your family might be at risk of illness from poor indoor air quality, it makes sense to learn more about it.
Poor indoor air quality is the name given to conditions inside your home that can occur for a number of different reasons. It has become such a seasonal problem in the United States that the EPA has published reams of documents detailing what it is and how to know what the symptoms are.
The main causes are:
- Lack of airflow from the home to the outside
- Indoor pollutants
- Problems with the indoor humidity or temperature
Despite what many people may think, having a new home, even if it’s complete weatherproofed, doesn’t necessarily mean that you are immune from poor indoor air quality. Although most newer homes are more energy efficient because they limit the amount of air that can get into the home and the amount of air that actually escapes, the fact that the air that is inside is therefore trapped and recirculating means that there can be an increased chance that the air will contribute to poor indoor air quality.
You can see the same conditions in older homes as well. What can be common in older homes is that an older furnace or air conditioning system proves to be inadequate, leading to higher humidity or temperature fluctuations that allow mold or other types of contaminants or pollutants to thrive.
What are the Symptoms of Poor Indoor Air Quality?
If you or your family has felt like they are fatigued for no particular reason lately, or if they have had recurring headaches, nausea, or dizziness, you might have poor indoor air quality in your home causing trouble. Poor indoor air quality also can cause eye, nose, or throat irritation.
How Can We Make Sure That Our Air Quality Remains Good?
One of the simplest things to do is ensure that on a temperate day, you air your home out so that there is always some kind of fresh air replacing the air that you have been using. For example, you wouldn’t run your car on recirculated air all of the time because the air tends to get stale. Your home is the same way.
Another thing you can do is have your local heating and air conditioning service person come out and add capacity for your heating and cooling units so that temperature and humidity remain uniform in your home.
Probably the most important thing, however, is to look at getting on a maintenance contract with your local heating and air conditioning service person to change your air filters in your systems on a monthly basis- so that the air that does recirculate through those systems comes out cleanly filtered by the time it reaches your family.
If you are experiencing symptoms that may be due to poor indoor air quality, contact the team at One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of Largo today at (727) 245-0378.