Signs Your Indoor Air Could Use Some Spring Cleaning
Springtime around the Delmarva peninsula is a sight to behold, as gardens come alive with color, and seasonal rains freshen the air. But what about your indoor air? Due to any number of contributing factors such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), carpets, building materials, pets, mold, or household cleaners, the air in your home may be up to 5 times more polluted than the air outside your door, and in some instances, as much as 100 times worse. If you’re unsure about the quality of the air inside your home don’t despair, there are a number of telltale signs to watch out for, and solutions to help you and your family breathe easier.
5 Signs of Poor Indoor Air Quality
1. Health issues. While those with environmental allergies or weakened or compromised immune systems may feel the effects of poor indoor air quality to a higher degree, anyone is at risk of experiencing the following symptoms:
- Airway infections, or persistent cough.
- Dry skin or mucous membranes.
- Irritated eyes, nose and/or throat.
- And more…
2. Mold growth. Poor indoor air quality can be the direct result of excess humidity. While a certain degree of mold growth may occur around typically moist areas such as showers, sinks, or faucets, signs of mold growth in otherwise normally dry areas is cause for concern. Mold is easily identifiable as green, brown or black patches, and usually gives of a musty odor.
3. Unexplained odors. Odors emitting from air vents, musty or damp smells, or the presence of an unpleasant, inexplainable smell upon entering your home, are signs that something is amiss with your indoor air quality. While an underlying musty odor may signal mold growth, smells emitting from your air vents could signal a buildup of contaminants in your ductwork, or dirty HVAC components, including your air filter.
4. Inconsistent airflow. Are some rooms in your home warmer or cooler than others? Are certain areas overly dry or humid? Chances are if your ventilation system is unable to maintain temperature and humidity control, it isn’t doing much to maintain the quality of your indoor air either.
5. Environmental concerns. Certain factors such as home improvement projects, nearby construction, or a fresh coat of paint, can introduce a host of new chemical pollutants in to your indoor air. If your air filter is inadequate, or dirty, it will be unable to trap these pollutants which will continue to cycle throughout your living space.
What Causes Poor Air Quality?
With today’s innovative building materials and improved construction practices, building envelopes are tighter than ever before. Without an adequate supply of fresh air, pollutants that are introduced in to the environment from outside, given off from materials within the home, or produced biologically, remain trapped indoors, lowering the quality of your indoor air.
Indoor Air Quality Improvement Solutions
The experienced team of professionals at Peninsula understand the value of clean indoor air, and offer a number of solutions to improve the quality inside your home, including:
- UV Lighting – UV light systems are installed in your ductwork, or air handler, effectively killling bacteria and mold growth within your HVAC network even while the system is off.
- Whole House Humidifiers – A whole-house humidifier maintains optimal levels of humidity throughout your living space, increasing comfort, and the quality of your indoor air.
Want to learn more about how you can improve the quality of your indoor air? Call the experts at Peninsula, at 302-629-3001 today, or contact us online to schedule an appointment today.