In recent years, studies have increasingly shown that indoor air quality is a serious hazard. Indoor air often contains everything from mold and bacteria to radon and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The most troubling thing is that it’s not easy to recognize air quality issues. Still, keeping a keen eye on the signs below may help you detect poor indoor air quality before it becomes truly harmful.

Health Symptoms

Indoor air pollution is a nearly universal problem. Even in the Florida Keys, many homes have higher levels of indoor contaminants than you might expect. Many of these pollutants can trigger a range of health effects. You may experience more frequent allergy symptoms, irritation of the eyes or airways, dizziness, headaches, nausea, fatigue or flu-like symptoms. If these symptoms seem to appear whenever you’re at home, it’s likely you’ve got air quality problems.

HVAC Airflow Issues

Homes that have poor air quality often have high concentrations of particulate matter. Particulate matter is a mix of solids and liquids that become airborne and drift through your home. They tend to accumulate on air filters, inside ducts and vents and on other surfaces inside your HVAC system. As a result, they can often disrupt proper airflow through your system. This may hamper heating and cooling performance and cause temperature inconsistencies in your home.

Solving Poor Air Quality

If you suspect you might have poor air quality, there are a number of solutions to resolve the issue. Whole-house air purifiers are capable of cleaning the air throughout your home, removing more than 99% of airborne pollutants. A purifier is especially recommended if someone in your home has allergies or respiratory difficulties. Ventilation is another effective and efficient solution. A ventilator removes tainted air from your home and pulls in fresh, filtered air to replace it and conditions it before introducing it in your home. This can also lower your home’s humidity to help control mold, dust mites, pathogens and other biological pollutants.

Indoor air quality is a complex issue that’s easy to ignore or overlook. However, failing to fix air quality problems quickly can lead to real health consequences. To keep your family safe and comfortable, check out Ellington Air Conditioning & Heat’s air purification solutions or call (305) 307-5909 in the Middle and Lower Keys and (321) 631-8411 in Brevard County.

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