Keeping your home clean and fresh can feel like an impossible chore if you’re struggling with low indoor air quality. While switching out your air filters may help, it can be difficult to know what’s going wrong in your home without testing your air. An HVAC technician has the tools to find out what contaminants are impacting your day-to-day comfort. Keep an eye out for these signs that may indicate it’s time for air quality testing.
Excessive Visible Dust and Debris
One of the most common signs of an air quality issue is more visible dust in the home. You may find excess debris on your counters, tables, blinds and other household surfaces. Pet hair and dander will be more likely to build up on your rugs and in room corners. If your regular cleaning schedule isn’t enough to combat the dirt and contaminants you find around the home, it could pave the way for insect and animal infestations in your ducts and walls.
New Mold or Mildew Outbreak
If your home has humidity issues, you may find signs of mold or mildew on your walls or carpets. Mold outbreaks usually cause unpleasant smells, respiratory issues and expensive damage to your belongings. These outbreaks usually start in moist areas like your bathroom, kitchen or basement. High humidity also often increases the number of dust mites in your home, which will worsen your allergy symptoms. Mold can quickly spread from your basement to other parts of your home, compromising your family’s health and safety. Prolonged exposure to certain mold spores may cause lasting respiratory complications.
Increased Health Issues
As the contaminants and pollutants in your home increase, the worse your family will feel. Those with pet allergies won’t be able to escape the surplus pet dander and hair in the air. Dust mites, pollen and other debris will make it feel like you have a perpetual cold no matter the season. These symptoms are often much worse for family members who are immunocompromised. Constant fatigue, headaches, sneezing, chapped skin and itchiness can all indicate low air quality in the home. Low air quality can make it impossible to feel comfortable or relaxed while spending time inside.
Higher Utility Bills
A sudden increase in your monthly utility bills may be caused by low indoor air quality. Dust can accumulate in your HVAC system, making it harder for your furnace and air conditioner to efficiently provide temperature control. With more dust in the air, your HVAC filters will clog faster and obstruct the airflow into the system. This can put additional strain on your furnace or air conditioner and create hot and cold spots in your home. Too much dust may cause problems to other expensive appliances like your refrigerator and washing machine.
Benefits of Air Quality Testing
Maintaining healthy indoor air quality in your home is the best way to protect your family. It can be difficult to determine exactly what’s causing the surplus dust, odd smells and pest outbreaks. You may not realize that the household cleaners you use are harmful or that there’s a gas leak from your furnace. Testing will even be able to identify more serious issues like a high level of radon seeping up from your basement.
Indoor air quality testing gives you the insight you need to make informed decisions about your home. After determining the air quality issue, an HVAC technician will help you find the best course of action based on your unique needs.
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