3 Signs of Poor Indoor Air Quality

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Poor air quality is a problem that many people don't realize they have in their homes. Indoor air quality is an increasingly concerning issue, causing a variety of health concerns among people who suffer from allergies. Keep an eye out for warning signs for poor indoor air quality in your San Augustine, Texas, home.

Unpleasant Odors

Most homes have a distinct smell, but the scent of your house shouldn't be unpleasant. Bad odors tend to linger when you have poor air quality, so if you're constantly wrinkling up your nose when you return to the house, call an HVAC professional to check the air. Biological growth has a distinct odor, or you might catch a whiff of chemicals that can impact the air quality. Poor ventilation makes it difficult for odors to dissipate, so if you notice that smells from the kitchen or your pets tend to stick around, you could have a ventilation or HVAC issue, as well.

Health Symptoms

The most common warning signs of poor indoor air quality are health symptoms like congestion, sore throats, eye irritation, and coughing. It's easy to write these off as symptoms of an impending cold. When they're related to the quality of your air, the symptoms tend to stick around whenever you're at home and disappear when you leave. Those with existing breathing conditions, such as COPD or asthma, tend to have worsening symptoms that can be dangerous, so it's important to keep your air clean and healthy.

Excess Humidity

The recommended indoor humidity level is between 30 and 50 percent. When your home's moisture level spikes, this can create a problem for the indoor air quality. Humidity increases the risk of biological growth and spores that can get into the air, causing allergic reactions.

Indoor air quality can be improved through a variety of products connected to your HVAC system, so contact McWilliams & Son Heating and Air Conditioning for concerns about indoor air quality by calling 936-465-9191.

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