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Signs Your Home's Indoor Air Quality Is Poor

August 17, 2022 | Blog

Cleaning around the house may not be fun, but it is necessary! Tasks such as sweeping and dusting ensure that your living space stays sanitary and comfortable. However, when performing chores, you probably aren’t thinking about the cleanliness of your household’s air.

Indoor air quality (IAQ) refers to the quality of the air in your home. If your IAQ is not maintained, it can negatively impact your health and personal well-being. At Foulks Southern Air, our technicians strive to provide your home with breathable clean air! Read ahead to learn signs of poor indoor air quality in your Hammond home.

You’re Experiencing Allergy-Like Symptoms

Seasonal allergies are annoying and unpleasant to deal with. The symptoms can be inconvenient and prevent you from completing tasks in your everyday routine. However, poor indoor air quality might be the cause of allergy-like effects that are out of season. A few common symptoms to watch out for are:

  • Coughing or difficulty breathing
  • Itchy and watery eyes
  • Long-lasting headaches
  • Nausea
  • Sneezing
  • Chest pains
  • Sore or scratchy throat
  • Asthma triggers

Unhealthy air can fill with airborne contaminants that recirculate throughout your home. Because of this, you may breathe in dirt, dust or harmful bacteria. These pollutants can make you sick, causing you to experience physical irritation.

Your Home Seems Dustier Than Usual

If dust accumulates around your air vents, you may want to check your HVAC air filters! Air filters block harmful pollutants from entering your AC unit, preventing them from recirculating throughout your home’s air. They play a crucial role in maintaining clean air in your household!

However, if air filters are not replaced, dust particles can clog and prevent adequate airflow. You should change your filter every 90 days to help maintain healthy indoor air. If the problem persists despite replacing the air filter, professional HVAC maintenance can help pinpoint the cause of the problem!

You Notice Unpleasant Odors In Your Home

Your air conditioning unit can occasionally emit gross smells. Pollutants can gather in your air conditioner or ductwork, creating unusual lingering odors. Different smells may indicate different causes, but air purifiers and exhaust fans can help remove the problem.

If you notice a musty scent coming from your AC, you may have mold growing in your unit. Internal AC leaks can cause mold to grow and circulate through your home’s air. Professional AC repair services can fix a leaky unit and improve your household IAQ!

Your Energy Bill Is Consistently High

When harmful particles accumulate within your unit, it can cause your HVAC system to overwork. Your heating and cooling units will work for longer periods to effectively cool your home. Ultimately, it lowers your air conditioner’s energy efficiency.

When your system begins overworking itself, you might notice your utility bills cost more than usual. If dirt buildup is ignored, it can become a consistent and unnecessary monthly expense. It can also negatively impact your household’s indoor air quality and possibly lead to additional health-related expenses.

Breathe Easier With Hammond Indoor Air Quality Services

If you’re stressed about your home’s indoor air quality, take a deep breath! The licensed professionals at Foulks Southern Air are here to help ensure your household air is healthy and clean. If you need IAQ testing or air filter maintenance, give us a call today to learn about your options!

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