When the weather gets damp or rainy, do you find that you are sneezing and congested with watery eyes? While this may seem like regular seasonal allergies, it could be related to the air quality in your home. Air inside your home can have as much as 7 times the pollutants and air outside.
Here’s what you need to know about indoor air quality and how to improve it.
What Are the Symptoms of Air Quality Problems?
Air quality problems can lead to irritation in your nose, throat, and eyes; headaches; dizziness; and asthma attacks in susceptible people. Some symptoms come on quickly after entering a home with indoor pollutants. Others develop over time. The elderly and people with respiratory illnesses like asthma are at the greatest risk from indoor air quality problems.
What Are Some Common Indoor Pollutants?
Indoors, we can be exposed to mold, second-hand smoke, radon, fumes from pressed wood cabinets, and even fumes from personal care supplies like hair spray and nail polish. Indoor pollutants have become more common in recent years. Ironically, the better insulated homes that keep our power bills down also mean that pollutants inside the home are now sealed in. A few likely suspects for indoor air problems include:
- Increased humidity, which also increases dampness in the home, leading to mold development.
- Drying paint from redecorating or from hobbies can off-gas volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can cause health problems when inhaled.
- Carpets can harbor fungus, pet dander, and other irritants. Plus, when newly installed, carpeting can give off gas chemicals, such as formaldehyde.
How Can You Protect Your Family?
The first step is to determine if the air in your home has any issues. At Blanton’s, we use the AirAdvice for Homes™ program to assess the indoor air pollution in your home. The system will reveal what pollutants you and your family are being exposed to, as well as any energy efficiency issues your home may have.
One of our technicians will place a sensor in your home for three to five days. During that time, the device will send readings to our North Carolina air quality data center for analysis. The device measures VOCs, dander and dust particulates, humidity and other factors that can affect air quality. Based on those readings, we can make recommendations to improve air quality that can include improved ventilation, air filters, and controlling the source of the pollutants.
Don’t keep sneezing and wheezing just because you’re staying inside – call Blanton’s today to schedule your indoor air quality test.